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Colorado DUI Lab Testing Tampering Allegations

Colorado DUI defense lawyer Timothy R. Bussey was recently featured by news stations KRDO and KWGN to comment on allegations that the supervisor of a Colorado DUI testing lab had tampered with evidence, putting thousands of drunk driving convictions in doubt.


July 31, 2013 - Colorado Springs, CO -- Colorado DUI defense lawyer and founder of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. provided legal insight into evidence showing that the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment toxicology lab had a bias against drunk driving defendants and potentially tampered with refrigerated blood samples. As such, thousands of DUI convictions have been questioned and could be overturned. It was also found that workers at the lab were inadequately trained in blood alcohol content testing.

In an interview with KRDO, attorney Bussey said, "This is significant for all Coloradans, regardless of whether they have been charged with a criminal case or not because it goes to the fundamental fairness of our criminal justice system. Clearly a laboratory shouldn’t be taking sides. It’s just simple science."

Colorado defense attorneys, including Timothy R. Bussey, are calling on the governor to look into the matter. In a public address reported by KWGN, attorney Bussey said, "The question we really need to be asking is ‘How many cases did this affect? And if it starts there, does it move on to some other area of law?'"

While the supervisor in question retired in May 2013, questions are still being asked concerning convictions made with evidence from the lab.

DUI Testing and Convictions

Lab results regarding a DUI suspect’s blood samples are vital in both the prosecution and defense of a drunk driving charge. While initial blood alcohol content tests like Breathalyzers are used to arrest a suspect on the road, official blood tests at police stations provide greater evidence concerning the case.

Additionally, the presence of drugs can only be detected through analyzing blood tests, which will reveal what drugs were taken by the defendant and how much was present in his or her system while driving. Incorrect results concerning alcohol and drug content can lead to wrongful DUI convictions or charges that are too severe.

Dedicated Colorado DUI Defense

Attorney Timothy R. Bussey has been protecting the rights of Colorado citizens since 1992. His defense work against charges ranging from drunk driving to homicide has helped clients avoid lengthy prison sentences and burdensome fines. Attorney Bussey’s continued success and dedication to clients has led him to become part of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the National College for DUI Defense Attorneys, Colorado Bar Association, the American Chemical Society, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. For those facing DUI charges in Colorado, the legal team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can prevent license loss, fines, and jail time from causing long-term damage to personal and professional relationships.

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