Recently, Samantha Beauchamp from the Michigan State Police Toxicology Unit testified in a marijuana driving case.  Over objection, she was qualified as an expert in a field that would normally be reserved for an actual toxicologist.  Ms. Beauchamp is a laboratory analyst with a BA in chemistry and molecular biology/biochemistry from 2008.  She is not […]

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During the 2003 season of Mythbusters, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman attempt to beat a breath test.  From a DUI lawyer’s perspective, this episode is funny because it reveals a number of flaws that an unsuspecting person might not detect. Initially, it is important to understand that the Mythbusters were attempting to use various […]

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Opinion BEFORE THE ENTIRE BENCH YOUNG, J. We granted leave in this case to determine whether defendant’s blood alcohol test results were properly  suppressed where the police did not attempt to comply with the requirements of the implied consent  statute, MCL 257.625c; MSA 9.2325(3). Because the clear language of the implied consent statute requires an […]

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A preliminary breath test (PBT) is a small handheld breath testing device used by police officers to determine whether or not to arrest a person for DUI. Typically, administration of the PBT follows field sobriety tests. Based upon a motorist’s performance of field sobriety tests and the results of the PBT, a police officer makes […]

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Breath, Blood and Urine Testing One of the most critical aspects pertaining to a Michigan drunk driving charge is the accuracy and reliability of chemical testing.  Breath, blood and urine testing are considered acceptable testing methods for enforcing Michigan’s DUI laws.   Learn about potential problems and flaws present in each of these methods. Tweet […]

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The Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) is a portable device used to measure breath alcohol on roadside traffic stops. It is not considered particularly accurate, and it is admissible in court for only a limited number of purposes. This test is not the “Datamaster” test, and it is not administered at the police station. If a […]

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