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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "Intoxilyzer 8000" (Page 3)

DaytonDUI, Defending a Breath Test Case

"I'll Huff and I'll Puff and Blow Your House Down" Did you know that your breathing pattern can significantly alter the concentration of alcohol on your evidential breath test?  According to scientific research, "[t]he subject's test manner of breathing just prior to providing breath for analysis can significantly alter the concentration of alcohol in the resulting exhalation." (Jones, 1982, Schoknecht, 1989) as cited in Physiological Aspecs of Breath-Alcohol Measurement, Alcohol Drugs & Driving Vol. 6, No. 2, A.W. Jones.Hyperventilation "...

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“Hiding the Ball” in Ohio DUI Cases

ODH and the Disappearing Intoxilyzer 8000 RecordsOne of the proposed benefits of the adoption of the Intoxilyzer 8000 was to be the consolidation of breath test records in one place.  Previously, breath test records were maintained by the individual police departments.  Implementation and maintenance of the Intoxilyzer 8000 is the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Health and specifically the ODH's Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Testing.  The Ohio Department of Health has started a web site containing all information about breath tests in the state, called the Breath Instrument Data Center. [HERE]  Records were to be available on-line and...

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Ohio OVI Breath Testing – Bigger Is Better?

The Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testing machine adopted by Ohio in all 88 counties differs significantly from the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine that has been used for years.   Both machines operate using INFRARED ABSORPTION to analyze breath samples.  The sample (deep lung aveolar air) is blown into the sample chamber and then excited by an infrared light source.  The decrease in intensity of the IR light due to absorption by alcohol in the breath sample is proportional to the alcohol in the breath. The Intoxilyzer 8000 has a significantly smaller sample chamber (29.4 cc's vs. 84 cc's in the 5000) and...

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Ohio DUI Law: The Hematocrit Defense

How bloody is your blood?  The hematocrit is the number expressing the cell volume of blood (the size and number of red blood cells in proportion to the rest of the blood).  As humans, we all have a natural variation in our hematocrit.  Healthy men have a natural variance from 40.7% to 50% and healthy women have a natural variance from 36.1% to 44.3%.  The hematocrit level is a moving target.  Illness, hydration and stress can cause variations in the hematocrit level.The hematocrit level affects all breath tests by governing how much alcohol may be contained in the blood and,...

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The Prescription Drug Defense

While many people think of impaired driving as involving alcohol, we are increasingly seeing people accused of being impaired by prescription drugs.  Clients are surprised to learn that the same harsh penalties that apply to alcohol impairment also apply to prescription drug impairment.  You need an attorney who knows how to fight a drugged driving case.Drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs present a problem for law enforcement as indicators of prescription drug use are less apparent.  The standardized field sobriety tests are crude tools for detecting alcohol and may be useless in determining prescription drug impairment.  Challenging the officer's observations...

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Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Unreliable!

Today, in State v. Heather Reid, Case No. TRC 1100716 in the Circleville Municipal Court, Judge Gary Dumm has ruled that "The State of Ohio cannot expect this Court to find the Intoxilyzer 8000 reliable when the State refuses to address known problems and explain why those problems can be ignored."The Court calls for independent laboratory testing to address the issues raised by the adoption of the Intoxilyzer 8000: RFI, sample size of the chamber, volume of the sample tested, possible operator manipulation of the results, possible CMI modifications of the software without the knowledge of ODH and slope detector...

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Intoxilyzer 8000 Under Fire, Shady Business Alleged

Here is a great video from NBC 4 in Columbus.  It talks about how the Intoxilyzer 8000 is a monumental failure.  What's more, the person who forced Ohio to purchase these machines is now working for CMI, the company that manufactures them.  "It is very shady that the individual that masterminded the contract with CMI would be permitted to go work for that company approximately 13 months after he left his employment with Ohio," said Columbs DUI defense attorney Jon Saia. DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia,...

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Case Law Update: State v. Kitzler

State v. Kitzler, 2011-Ohio-5444 (3rd District Court of Appeals, Wyandot County). This odd decision involves the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine and a test result which did not satisfy the .020 agreement.FACTS: Defendant was stopped for not dimming his headlights and for marked lane violations.  He was asked to perform the standardized field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested for OVI.  At the police station he provided two breath samples (as is required on the Intoxilyzer 8000) and the machine reported the result as "Invalid."  The tests did not meet the .020 agreement.  Defendant was allowed to use the restroom and...

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Evidential Breath Testing: Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-01

Image via WikipediaIn Ohio, the Director of Health adopts Administrative rules which govern analytical testing for evidential use.  It is important that your Ohio DUI attorney understand these codes and how they affect your breath test results.  O.A.C. 3701-53-01 sets forth the methods or techniques which are approved to test blood, breath, urine or other bodily substances.  One of the things your OVI attorney should not overlook is the requirement in section (B) which requires the testing facility to have a copy of the written procedure manual on file in the area where the analytical tests are performed. 3701-53-01 Techniques or methods.(A)...

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Dayton DUI Law: The GERD Defense

Regurgitation and Reflux are not the same thing!  Reflux is the movement of ethanol vapor back up the esophagus from the stomach which has the ability to contaminate a breath sample.  The defendant who suffers from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) will not exhibit outward signs of distress or other signs which a breath testing technician would likely notice.  The surging ethanol vapor can cause an elevated reading on an evidential breath testing device.  The elevated test can appear following a valid and conscientious observation period.  Because the evidential breath testing device cannot distinguish contaminated air from deep-lung alveolar air, it...

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