Fighting a DUI with Georgia's new Intoxilyzer 9000 machine takes attorneys who know the machine and are familiar with Georgia's breath testing program. This isn't your grandfather's DUI battle: Georgia's new 9000 is touted as being a state-of-the-art machine programmed to nail drunk drivers, but don't fear, read this article and be informed.
The Intoxilyzer 9000 is CMI of Kentucky's newest machine. (At least it was. In recent days I have heard rumors of a newer 9400 Series Intoxilyzer) Before the 9000, Georgia used the Model 5000 to conduct all breath tests after a DUI arrest was made. In fact, from the mid-90s to 2013, the 5000 was the only breath test machine approved for use in Georgia. Thats right, for almost 25 years Georgia used the same exact technology to prosecute and convict drivers in Georgia. It wasn't until 2013 that a replacement for the 5000 was sought due to the "challenges" the Intoxilyzer 5000 was having in courtrooms across Georgia.
The Intoxilyzer 9000 certainly looks more up to date than the 5000, and even has high tech features such as a color display screen and the ability to attach to a real printer. However, the 9000 is more of the same and will unfortunately be used to convict thousands of drivers a year, if left unchallenged.
Fighting a DUI on the 9000
In meeting after meeting with potential new clients, I hear the person describe an experience where they had to blow 3, sometimes 4 or 5 times before the machine registered results the cop was satisfied with. In a recent case I defended, the machine actually quit working, so the cop had to take my client to a different location and run a test on the old 5000. In court, I hear cops openly expressing their frustrations with the 9000 and its inability to run valid tests on DUI suspects.
Unlike the old 5000, the 9000 stores all past test results. This is good for defense attorneys, since we can now pull a true history of test samples, as opposed to the 5000 where this information was not kept.
In all new DUI cases tested on the 9000, we ask clients for the play-by-play account of their testing. We can then pull the records from the machine you actually tested on and match up your account of what happened with what the machine did or did not do. This information and level of detail will be essential in fighting breath tests from now on, especially as prosecutors start to take these first DUI cases to trial where the 9000 was used.
DUI Attorneys Who Fight 9000 Cases
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI and tested on the 9000, give us a call today to discuss the specifics of your case. We will walk through your experience step by step in an effort to uncover your best defense. Our attorneys attend dozens of hours of training annually and keep up with the latest changes in Georgia DUI law. We can be reached 24/7 at: 770 676 1340 or by our contact form throughout this site.