Faulty Washington DC Sobriety Tests Net 400 DUI Convictions

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Earlier this year, the news media reported that the Metropolitan Police Department discovered that some machines used to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration were not calibrated correctly or were not working properly. An investigation into the matter revealed that the results of Department's Intoxilyzer machines, which are larger than the roadside breathalyzers, have been used to convict at least 400 people of DUI and DWI. Over half of the convictions resulted in jail time. This news was not surprising to DC DUI lawyers, who know that machines are not infallible in assessing a person's BAC, and that field sobriety testing can be subjective when being used to determine someone's level of intoxication.

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