Fort Lauderdale, FL- When a person is facing DUI charges often the strongest evidence against a person are the results of a breathalyzer test. Breathalyzers are generally scientifically accurate, but they aren’t perfect
But what happens when a Breathalyzer technician is a criminal? As it turns out, some DUI convictions in Fort Lauderdale could be overturned after a Breathalyzer technician for the Broward Sherriff’s Office was accused of several counts of fraud and identity theft, federal charges.
Local10.com reports that the breathalyzer technician, Celia Cromer, moonlighted at for a small tax preparation company where she had access to clients’ sensitive information. Cromer was arrested after she tried to sell social security numbers and identities to an undercover officer.
She now faces nearly 50 charges, many of which are federal, and could get up to 50 years in jail, if convicted.
With Cromer’s credibility ruined, courts have little choice and will have to dismiss breathalyzer evidence she collected for nearly 100 cases. That means in a number of cases, the prosecution will only have eyewitness testimony to rely on, significantly raising the bar for the prosecution. If you believe your conviction should be overturned, contact a Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney today so they can evaluate your case.
Most people agree that drunken driving is wrong, when they are sober. But when they’re drunk, they lack reason or logic and are prone to make very bad decisions. Chief among those bad decisions is to drink and drive with little consideration for the consequences until after the fact.
In Florida, first DUI offenders face up to 9 months in jail, up to $2,000 in fines and will lose their driver’s license. All first offenders must install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle, the costs of which come out of their pockets.
Along with the criminal consequences, a DUI can impact your job and possibly lead to your demotion or termination. You may not be able to get a certain professional licenses and be barred from some careers. You will also have a criminal record so you need legal counsel.
You can avoid a DUI by not drinking and driving; take a cab, call a friend or crash on their couch. Just don’t drive. But if you do, don’t make another regrettable decision and hire a Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney to work on your defense.
If you find yourself in legal trouble, USAttorneys can help you get in touch with a Fort Lauderdale attorney to work on your defense. It is possible to avoid a DUI conviction but you need a skilled and experienced DUI attorney near you to build your defense and help your mitigate your charges. Let us connect you with an attorney today. Our dedicated attorneys will challenge any evidence presented against you and do what they can to help you avoid conviction or have your charges reduced so you aren’t haunted by your charges indefinitely.