No Test is Foolproof, Faulty Chemist Sets Example for Why You Should Fight Your DUI
Many of my clients will say they don’t think they can fight their
DUI because “the breathalyzer said I was over the limit,”
but even machines make mistakes and we should never consider them error-free.
Even if the arresting officer tells you the machine has never been incorrect
before, who’s to say that’s true? Recently, a Massachusetts
lab chemist admitted to sabotaging more than 20,000 drug cases by reporting
false results, proving once again how any testing method can fail in some capacity.
Chemist Annie Dookhan worked for the Massachusetts state drug lab, helping
prosecutors by testing evidence for drugs. She worked in the lab for nearly
a decade, falsifying evidence in order to beef up her productivity record,
earning her the nickname “superwoman.” Dookhan told investigators
she didn’t even test many of the drugs that came her way, instead
she forged the initials of her colleagues and mixed drug samples in order
to make the results match her fabricated analysis.
State chemists frequently went to court to discuss their findings, where
Dookhan swore under oath, not only about false evidence, but also about
a master’s degree she never earned. Trusted with sensitive evidence
that had the power to change people’s futures, she was able to hide
her shoddy work from initial investigation, but was eventually found out.
Now, the 21,587 drug cases Dookhan’s illegitimate practices tainted
have been dismissed.
Looking at cases like that of Annie Dookhan, its startling to believe that
so many DUI charges are simple accepted because of test results. Even
if you were tested over the BAC limit, or if you failed a field sobriety
test, you may still be able to fight your DUI charges. Tests are never
error-free, as Annie Dookhan proves, and should always be reevaluated
from every possible angle.
A good DUI attorney will know how to acquire all of the necessary information
to build a solid defense behind your case. With over 20 years of legal
experience, I know how to defend my clients’ rights and ensure their
future is protected.
Breathalyzers may malfunction, as most machines do at some point, or could
read inaccurately if you have a fever, acid reflux, or belch before the
test is administered. Additionally, blood tests are determined by a lab,
and human error is always a very real possibility. Never accept the results
sitting down, protect yourself from unnecessary DUI conviction and allow
me to represent your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Kevin O-Grady, LLC
for a free consultation regarding your DUI case.