In Clearwater, the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath alcohol machine is used by the police to obtain the breath alcohol level of those arrested for a DUI. This is the only machine approved for use in the courts in Clearwater. Both the machine and its operator must be certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and routine maintenance must be made on the machines. Failure to abide by these requirements or any of the specific guidelines could result in exclusion of the results.
The Intoxilyzer 8000 is a simple computer, using old technology to obtain its results. Many factors can affect the accuracy of the machine, including your health, physical activity and outside temperature. The information for accuracy and reliability of this machine are solely in the hands of law enforcement agencies, making it difficult for the procedure to be tested by the scientific community. Our attorneys have been successful in arguing that the results of the Intoxilyzer 8000 should not be used as evidence in DUI cases. This challenge is constantly developing. If you were tested for breath alcohol level in Clearwater, contact our DUI attorneys immediately at 727-222-3610 to discuss how this defense could work for you.