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As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, and America’s independence, law enforcement departments all over the country gear up for increased numbers of sobriety checkpoints and DUI arrests.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense attorneys know that local police departments have historically ramped-up DUI crackdowns during July 4th, espcially when the holiday falls on a weekend or, as is the case this year, when it creates an extended weekend.

With more drivers on the road and more local bars and restaurants hosting events and offering drink specials, the likelihood of drunk drivers being on the road increases; as such, so does the number of police officers looking to catch them.
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Florida_DUI.jpgThe defendants in roughly 300 Florida DUI cases in Palm Beach County could be released if a February 23 challenge on blood-alcohol testing equipment succeeds. Lawyers involved with the challenge say that the Intoxilyxer 8000 machine is not legal, because it differs from federally approved models for test blood-alcohol levels.

They also say there is reason to believe that law enforcement officials covered up failed machine inspections. The filing claims that officials covered up failed inspections by unplugging machines that looked like they not pass inspection. In fact, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fired a breach-machine analyst in 2008 after discovering that the analyst instructed officers to unplug machines.

According to a traffic division commander for the Sheriff’s Office, three deputies watch each inspection and the plugs may have been knocked out accidentally. Challenges elsewhere in Florida have failed, and our DUI defense law firm will be interested in seeing how this one plays out.

Source: DUI challenge leaves 300 cases in doubt, Palm Beach Post, January 2010 Continue reading

Florida_breathalyzers.jpgLast week, the Lakeland Police Department introduced its latest tool in fighting drunk driving. Their new 2009 Dodge Charger is fully equipped with an in-car Breathalyzer testing system. Police say their new vehicle will half the time it takes to perform a blood-alcohol test.

Before LPD received the Dodge Charger “police package,” which comes with front and rear radar in addition to the Breathalyzer unit, police had to process a Breathalyzer test about an hour after the initial stop. Police say that having a quicker testing time will make DUI cases stronger in court. The car was given to the police department by the Florida Department of Transportation and began patrolling Lakeland’s streets last week.

The vehicle is valued at around $55,000.

LPD’s Dodge Charger Has A Breathalyzer on Board, The Ledger, August 3, 2009 Continue reading

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