The final judgment on a DUI case isn’t always the end. Colorado realized this in December 2009 when the Colorado Springs Police Department announced that chemist error had inflated blood alcohol content results for, at the time of their announcement, 82 drivers at the Metro Crime Lab.
The flawed DUI tests in Colorado Springs caused quite an uproar, especially for drivers who had been convicted of a DUI between 2007 and 2009. Once this announcement was made, Timothy Bussey of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., received several calls from clients who were concerned about their cases.
To get to the bottom of the matter, Mr. Bussey filed a request for a Colorado Open Records Act. Although Mr. Bussey did not receive all the information he had hoped, he was, nevertheless, provided with some very useful information. The disclosed information proved that chemist error was the reason for the inflated BAC results. The investigation concluded that a total of 206 DUI tests had been faulty. Of these, nine cases were affected.
With the help of a dedicated DUI defense lawyer, the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab situation was identified, contained, and rectified where possible. The following actions were taken to repair the situation:
- Charges were dropped or reduced;
- Refunds were issued for court fees;
- The forensic chemist responsible was no longer employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department;
- The Metro Crime Lab voluntarily relinquished their DUI testing certification; and
- The police department would conduct stricter proficiency exams for chemists in the future.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Colorado as the result of a faulty BAC, experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer, Timothy Bussey, will investigate the details of your case and help you build a strong defense. Mr. Bussey has a critical understanding of the science behind the Colorado DUI investigation process. He has years of experience both in prosecution and defense of DUI cases, which he uses to ensure that his clients are treated fairly. Contact Mr. Bussey today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.