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Breathe test used in King County drunken driving case

Posted by Unknown | Mar 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

A panel of judges has decided that breathalyzer tests can now be used when prosecuting alleged drunken drivers as long as the tests have had further requirements done to them.

Two years ago it was ruled that results from breathalyzer tests were no longer allowed to be used in court because it was found that errors were made at the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory.

A ruling that was made on Tuesday by the panel of judges said that the errors at the lab have been corrected and the tests results should now be accurate. According to the news release, new protocols and quality control checks have been made so that the testing procedures at the lab will not have errors.

An audit of the lab two years ago found nearly 150 errors including recording incorrect data, machine errors and failure to test the solution used in the breathe tests. Although the tests can now be used, the judges said that a “principle of uncertainty” must also be thought of when convicting a suspected drunken driver.

If you or a loved one has been convicted of drunken driving, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan, Kirk & Gaston Law firm by calling 1-866-822-1230 today.

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