Analyzing the Analyzer: Your Attorney Needs to Know
In cases where a breath analyzer was used, your Orange County DUI lawyer may want to examine details of the technology. An experienced attorney knows when to request more information that could help your case.
What are the finer points about the testing technology and process? First, your attorney may consider the training level and experience of the officer administering the test. If the police officer transferred recently and is new to the process, mistakes might have been made in testing. One other hand a veteran officer may use shortcuts that make procedures inconsistent.
Technology, labs and people
Equipment of any kind must be well maintained for proper use. It is not usual for a lawyer to delve into the manufacturer’s manual for the breathalyzer. Other pertinent information includes calibration and titration records. Were these equipment and sample indicators checked for accuracy and suitability? A good lawyer may also ask for logs showing how many people were tested on the same analyzer in the months before and after your test. These may reveal some trends or problems to aid your case.
Since a laboratory does the testing, its license must be current and the labs must use appropriate methods. A lot can go wrong that might lead to unreliable test results on a breath test.
Your Orange County DUI lawyer knows which questions to ask, and when to ask them. The process of requesting information is called discovery and your attorney will decide which information to seek. In fact, an experienced legal professional also knows that a formal discovery process can result the prosecution gaining the same information. That may call too much attention to your case or reveal too much information to the other side.
It takes a highly qualified attorney to know when and how to use an independent investigation or formal discovery process to advantage. Call Orange County DUI lawyers Coffey & Coffey at (800) 706-7888 for the experience and expertise you need to bolster your case.