Florida Breath Tests in Doubt
Defense attorneys were in a Miami courtroom on October 23, 2008, seeking a judge's order to inspect the hard drives every Intoxilyzer 8000 used in Miami-Dade County. Before Judge Jose L. Fernandez, attorney Michael Catalano said, "We're interested to find why she was unplugging breath machines so that she could cover up mistakes and not tell anybody." This comes after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fired the examiner who was responsible for testing all the DUI machines, alleging she failed to follow protocol with the inspections. Defense attorneys contend it is a scandal that puts suspicion over thousands of DUI cases in Monroe, Broward and Miami Dade. "The number of cases involved could be as many as 10,000 in Miami-Dade County," one attorney explained. "The inspector who has been discharged here was on duty for about 18 months before she was discharged." In a "notice of dismissal", the FDLE accuses analyst Sandra Veiga of having covered up the irregularities.
State Expert Discredited
As a result of her deception competent DUI defense attorneys are obtaining hundreds of dismissals for their clients.