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Very informative, very professional, very attentive During a very trying time. Very grateful for them! Thank you, for taking care of me
Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in thei...
Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in their particular roles, be it judges, juries, attorneys, witnesses, doctors, hospitals, corporations and insurance companies. He also understands his clients needs and addresses them with honesty, compassion and always with their best interest at heart. Chris’s counsel is exemplary with regard to trusting his direction and recommendations of other professionals involved with handling a particular case as he utilizes only the best resources available. The staff of Largey Law are the finest I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, as they are professional, efficient and genuinely kind.
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their ...
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their firm to represent me. Chris Largey represented me and he along with his associate Kim Reno, well what can I say, they always had my best interest at heart. They not only made every step of the way as easy as possible, but always looked out for my best interest. They also made certain I received all the medical care I needed and handled all the paperwork involved with my claim. They were ALWAYS on top of every thing, every step of the way through to the claim settlement. They really cared about me, and on multiple occasions went above and beyond to help me through this this difficult situation, as during this my husband passed away from leukemia. It was nice to know they were there for me and handling this. I so appreciate everything Chris and Kim and staff have done for me through this and in finalizing my settlement, thank you so much! All I can say is I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Largey Law, they are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and most of all, a caring group of folks.
What a great law firm! Very compassionate and understanding. Always got back with me in a timely manner. I definitely recommend!
Very thorough and professional... Will use them again if the need arises.
How Can You Challenge Breathalyzer Test Results in a Florida DUI Case?
- posted: Sep. 26, 2020
There are thousands of DUI arrests made in Florida each year. By state law, anyone driving in Florida has given implied consent to be tested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol upon reasonable suspicion. If you are found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more on a breathalyzer test, you are presumed to be driving under the influence. However, that doesn’t necessarily stop you from raising a defense to the DUI charges.
Breathalyzer tests are often shown to be unreliable. A New York Times investigation found that judges in Massachusetts and New Jersey threw out 30,000 breath tests in the 12 months between November 2018 and November 2019. Across the country, thousands of other breathalyzer tests have also been invalidated in recent years. Among the grounds for challenging test results in Florida are these:
- Improperly calibrated breathalyzer — All breathalyzer machines must be calibrated periodically. They also must be properly maintained and tested by someone who is certified to do so. Proof of calibration and maintenance of the specific machine used must be presented to the court by the prosecution. Improper calibration or maintenance can mean an invalid test result.
- Uncertified breathalyzer operator — All breathalyzer operators must take and pass a 16-hour training course given by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In addition, a renewal course and continuing education is required of each operator in order for them remain certified. Proof of certification and continuing education must be presented to the court.
- Inadequate observation period — Florida law requires a 20-minute observation period before the breathalyzer operator can administer the test, in order to ensure that any alcohol in the mouth has dissipated and that nothing else in the body or mouth will affect the results of the test.
- Insufficient breath samples — Florida law requires two breath samples to be taken within 15 minutes of each other. The second test is meant to confirm the results of the first test. Without it, the test result is inadmissible.
Obtaining the evidence and records necessary to raise these challenges effectively is a complex process that requires professional assistance. Your first move after being charged should be to contact an experienced Florida DUI attorney who can analyze your case and develop a careful strategy for obtaining an optimal result. Bear in mind that a failed defense can result in jail time, heavy fines and loss of driver’s license.
At Largey Law, we hold the state to its burden of proving every element of a DUI case beyond a reasonable doubt. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced DUI defense lawyer, call us at 352-253-0456 or contact us online. We have offices in Tavares, Clermont and Inverness.