A DUI conviction has serious consequences, including, loss of your license, surcharges, fines and possible jail time. Therefore, its not unreasonable to expect that the manners in which you can be convicted be accurate. In New Jersey, generally you can be convicted in two ways:
1. Field Sobriety Testing
2. Breath Testing
Field Sobriety testing has it’s own limitations and is not particularly reliable. However, most people assume that breath testing is reliable and, as a result, plead guilty without consulting an attorney. That is a mistake. In the early 2000s, New Jersey replaced the Breathalzyzer with the Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C, manufactured by Draeger, apparently to insure breath test results were more accurate and reliable. However, although the 7110 MKIII-C was more reliable and accurate, it still has some issues. The machine’s accuracy was challenged in court, and the New Jersey Supreme Court, held the machine was accurate, as long as certain conditions were met. However, over time, more issues with the machine arose and still remain.
Now the New Jersey Attorney General has approved the use of a new machine, also manufactured by Draeger, the 9510. Many states currently use the 9510, including Massachusetts, and there appears to be issues with this machine as well. I’m sure this machine’s reliability will also be challenged in court. Stayed tuned.
Due to the serious consequences from a conviction, if you or a family member have been charged with a DUI its important that you consult with a experienced DUI attorney. I have over 25 years experience successfully handling DUI cases. Call me for a free consultation. I'll explain the charges and how I can help you.
All the Best,
RANDY C. REDDEN