The Most Recent Problems with the Breathalyzer

UPDATED April 6, 2016:

Still no word on the consolidated cases out of Concord, to which we've joined. The most recent word is that our next pretrial date is in June, when we will finally have a hearing on the machines.

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News of this had been making its way around the courthouses, but the news has finally gotten a hold of it. Local prosecutors' offices are not using breathalyzer results to prosecute cases:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/04/24/3-more-district-attorneys-suspend-breathalyzer-test-evidence/

It's hard to tell right now how long this voluntary moratorium will go on for, but it definitely highlights the problems with these machines. These machines are sold, and tests are given, with the promise that they are accurate and can precisely determine the amount of alcohol in a person's blood stream. This is simply not the case. 

These machines attempt to measure the amount of alcohol in a person's breath, and then use that amount to figure out how much is in the blood. This is not exact science, it's approximation. 

What this means for you, should you be charged with OUI, is that the prosecution has one less arrow in their quiver at trial.