The Supreme Court of the United States, for all practical purposes, recently decided to ban scientific evidence. At least, it banned any scientific evidence that challenges the reliability of the breathalyzer machines that government has already approved and paid for. Specifically, the nation’s highest court refused to hear an appeal of Vangelder vs. California, a 2013 California Supreme Court ruling that the breathalyzer devices are prima facie accurate and may be used by California police officers to determine if a motorist’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. If you’ve been charged with DUI in southern California on the basis of a breathalyzer exam, you’ll need a skilled lawyer to help you fight the charge; contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.
By affirming California’s ruling in Vangelder, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially declared the breathalyzer infallible. Innocent citizens will continue to be convicted solely because of the numbers on a black box; it doesn’t matter that top scientists have demonstrated the unreliability of breathalyzers for decades. Years ago, another court didn’t want to hear from a scientist named Galileo. They refused to hear his evidence or look into his telescope. Nevertheless, the truth got out anyway. Eventually, it always does.
And the truth is that breathalyzers are unreliable and everyone really knows it. Having first established that you could be convicted by a number on a box, lawmakers dropped that number lower and lower – pleasing certain lobbyists and voting factions – and dragged more and more innocent drivers into court without regard to whether they were actually impaired while driving. Eventually the truth will become clear to all, but until then, if you’re charged with DUI, you’ll need the help of a good DUI defense attorney. The consequences of a DUI conviction are serious in California, even for a first offense, so don’t risk your future or your freedom – especially when you can be convicted by nothing but numbers on a box. If you are charged in southern California with DUI, obtain the legal help you need and contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.