MSP is Investigating a Vendor For Providing Faulty Breath Testing Services!

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Countless DUI cases all over Michigan could be affected by this new issue regarding the state’s breath testing machines.

If there’s one thing you can rely on the Michigan State Police for, it’s the fact that when something potentially bad happens that could affect police departments in Michigan, they don’t hunker down and pretend it isn’t happening. They grab it by the horns and fight. It was like that when there were allegations of corruption in the Detroit Forensic Lab, which resulted in an investigation by MSP and a scathing report that got that crime lab shuttered for good. And now that there’s a possibility of corruption by a third party vendor tasked with servicing Datamaster breath testing machines across the state. (Which are the machines that some people call ‘Breathalyzers.) It seems some of the data documenting the servicing of breath test machines around the state is faulty… 

There may have been service documents forged, throwing Datamaster accuracy into question!

Apparently a few discrepancies came to light when the servicing records were being reviewed, which may point to forgery of public documents, says Michigan State Police Director Col. Joseph Gasper. The 203 Datamaster machines in use in Michigan, which are located at police departments and jails all across the Great Lakes State, are meant to be serviced at regular intervals. But it appears they might not be getting the timely attention they need to stay in top working order. Someone, it seems, may have falsified records showing when the Datamaster machines were properly serviced, which could have huge implications for drunk driving cases all over Michigan!

With questionable machines taking readings, DUI cases could end up getting tossed out!

The company tasked with servicing Michigan’s Datamaster machines is Intoximeters. They contract with three employees tasked with servicing the 203 machines located around the state of Michigan. And that’s where the problems start. According to MSP, those employees are required to keep detailed logs documenting which machines they serviced, and when. But there seem to be some very serious discrepancies in those documents. Which could lead one to suspect that someone (or possibly several someones) aren’t being entirely honest about what they’ve done, and where they did it, which means the data is faulty. And the fallout from faulty data can be enormous in a situation like this!

Michigan cops are told to use blood draws and urine tests until the issue is resolved!

“Based on new information learned over the weekend, the Michigan State Police are aggressively investigating potential fraud committed by contract employees of Datamaster vendor, Intoximeters.” Gasper said. He also went on to say that MSP will be “moving today to take all 203 Datamaster DMT evidential breath alcohol testing instruments out of service until MSP can inspect and verify each instrument to ensure it is properly calibrated.” So what does that mean for the future of roadside stops for suspected drunk driving in Michigan? Apparently MSP has advised all law enforcement personnel to use blood and urine testing until their Datamaster machines can be properly calibrated.

That’s why you need the best possible defense when accused of drunk driving in Michigan!

We applaud the Michigan State Police for taking drastic action to ensure that justice is protected. However, this situation does a great job of highlighting exactly why it’s so important to have an aggressive DUI defense attorney working on your case. There are so many moving parts in a drunk driving case, and so many factors that could affect the outcome (including faulty results from a breath test machine!) An entire case can be tossed out because of a simple discrepancy in how an officer handled evidence, how a machine was calibrated, or how a suspect was Mirandized. But without the expertise of a skilled and experienced DUI defense lawyer, you could end up behind bars all the same, even if you don’t deserve to be there!

Make sure you call The Kronzek Firm if you’re accused of drunk driving in Michigan!

Here at The Kronzek Firm, our team of experienced and aggressive DUI defense attorneys has spent decades successfully defending the people of Michigan against drunk and drugged driving charges. We know how to build a strong and creative defense for our clients, and what needs to be investigated in order to assure that a defendant’s rights aren’t being violated in any way. So if you’ve been pulled over for suspected drunk or drugged driving, don’t leave it to chance! Call us immediately at 866 766 5245 and make sure you get the best defense available. We’re here 24/7, including nights and weekends, to help you get through this. Call us at 1 866 7NoJail.  

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Judge Says Prosecutors Must Disclose Failed DUI Testing Info to Defendants

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Breath testing can be a reliable source of info about possible alcohol consumption… but not always! And many factors can affect the results!

A recent important case has set the tone for other, future DUI cases in Michigan after a Lansing district court judge threw out a guilty verdict because the prosecutor didn’t disclose information that might have helped the defendant. This is called exculpatory evidence. It all started back in November of 2018, when 43-year-old Patrick Reynolds of Grand Rapids hit a pole with his car near an intersection in Lansing, Michigan. It was about 2 am, and he had just left the bar and was driving home when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the pole in Ingham County. 

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It’s That Time of Year – The Holliest, Jolliest, DUIiest Time of The Year!

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A lot more festive get-togethers and Christmas parties means more people drinking and then driving home. Don’t make that mistake!

For most people, when we think of the holidays, we think of giving gifts to loved ones, decorating the Christmas tree, and spending time with family. What we rarely think about is a ride in a cop car, a lonely stint in the local jail, and criminal charges. And yet for many people, that’s exactly what happens! Because believe it or not, drunk driving and drugged driving arrests rise sharply around the holidays.

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New Report Shows That Breathalyzer Machines Are Often Unreliable!

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The report reveals disturbing info about breath testing in the US!

Drunk driving accounts for hundreds of thousands of arrests every year, all over the country. Here in Michigan, more than 35,000 people are arrested for DUIs every year. That’s a lot of people being pulled over and subjected to breath tests, roadside sobriety tests, and eventually blood work. But what if right off the bat, the data is wrong? What if you get pulled over and breath-tested by the cops, but the Breathalyzer machine (or the Datamaster, which is what we use here in Michigan) is wrong? Will you end up wrongfully accused of being drunk behind the wheel when you’re not? Maybe…

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Is it Possible to be Drunk When You’re Sober? Apparently, For Some People it is… (Pt 2)

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A person suffering from auto-brewery syndrome is the only person who will ever brew beer accidentally… inside their own body!

Welcome back to this interesting and, let’s be honest, somewhat alarming discussion about “auto-brewery syndrome.” If you recall from the previous article, it’s a medical condition where, courtesy of an imbalance of yeast or bacteria in the digestive tract, a person’s gut produces ethanol from carbohydrates they eat. And since ethanol is what intoxicates you when you drink alcohol, you don’t have to think hard to imagine the results. (That’s right – you end up drunk when you’ve had nothing to drink and should be stonecold sober!)

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Is it Possible to be Drunk When You’re Sober? Apparently, For Some People it is… (Pt 1)

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Auto-brewery syndrome is very rare, but for those who suffer from it, they can end up drunk when they haven’t had a drop to drink!

Usually, when someone gets pulled over for drunk driving and they swear they’re sober but their BAC reading comes back above above the legal limit, you can safely make a few assumptions. Either: one: they’re lying, or two: the preliminary breath test results (PBT) are wrong. Maybe the person is hoping their denial will work and the cop will let them go, or maybe the cop forgot to properly calibrate his preliminary breath test machine. 

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Scary Stats For The Spookiest Time of Year: Halloween DUI Facts!

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The only really spooky things on Halloween are the drunk drivers!

Halloween may be the scariest time of the year, but you can forget about ghosts, hobgoblins, and witches for real frights – because nothing is scarier than these Michigan DUI facts! People may think that New Years Eve and St. Patrick’s Day are the only times the drunk driving stats get really terrifying, but that’s a myth (just like the headless horseman!) In Livingston County, Eaton County or Clinton County, Halloween is equally frightening when it comes to the number of people injured and even killed in fright-night crashes!

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Just Stick to The Routine During Michigan’s Roadside Sobriety Tests!

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Cops enjoy a good laugh as much as the next guy, but you’re better off not trying to entertain them. Just stick to the routine…

Cops are people too, and that means many of them enjoy a good laugh just as much as the next person and appreciate a bit of levity or a good joke to lighten a rough day. But there are times and places where mucking about is totally appropriate, and times when it’s best just to follow protocol and not try to inject your own personal brand of humor into a situation. And the roadside sobriety test is a pretty good example of one of those times.

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Teacher Shows up For Class Drunk, And Gets Arrested For Drunk Driving!

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Teaching is a tough gig these days! But showing up to work drunk only makes it tougher!

Teaching is a tough job these days. Teachers are often underpaid, underappreciated, and overwhelmed. But regardless of how rough the job gets, there are certain coping methods that school districts usually frown on. And one of those is drinking on the job. But that didn’t stop Michael Dennis Fletcher from showing up drunk to teach his class at Lakeland High School. And not just “drunk” – this guy’s BAC was almost off the charts!

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Will Michigan’s Planned New Electronic Licenses Affect Roadside DUI Stops?

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At some point in the future, handing your license to a cop might mean pulling up info on your phone and handing it to a cop.

What’s the first thing a police officer says to you when they walk up to your window after pulling you over? Sometimes they greet you politely and ask how you’re doing. Sometimes they ask if you happen to know what they pulled you over for. But it won’t be long before they’re asking you that famous (or infamous) question: “license, insurance, and registration, please.” And if you remember your wallet, and didn’t forget to renew your registration, then what you’ll be handing over to the cop is two pieces of paper and a plastic card. But maybe not for long. Think ‘phone’…

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