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Fairfax Virginia Welcomes New Breath Test Machine for DUI and DWI

Since graduating from George Mason University School of Law in 1988, I have had over 20 years of trial experience, defending citizens accused of a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses in Northern Virginia.   Since 1999, my practice has been almost exclusively focused on the Fairfax County Courts, allowing me to gain an increasing familiarity with the Courts, Prosecutors and Judges here in Fairfax County, Virginia.  

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4/23/2009
Paul Liam McGlone
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DWI Attorneys in Fairfax County Virginia have just received word that the new breath testing machines have arrived in Fairfax.   The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has selected a machine called the EC/IR II to replace the old and ailing Intoxilyzer 5000, which has been in use in Virginia since the mid-1990's.  

According to Fairfax County DWI Attorney Paul Liam McGlone, this "new" breath testing machine is based on technology that is 20 years old. 

The new device, from Intoximeters, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, is very similar to the Alcosensor devices that have been used for years by Fairfax and Virginia State Police on the streets for many years.   The Alcosensor IV is a portable device that uses a "Fuel Cell" to measure oxidation and estimate alcohol levels in a suspect.

The new EC/IR II uses the exact same fuel cell, built into a more complicated computerized desktop system, to measure the levels of alcohol.   The ultimate estimate of blood alcohol level will come from the exact same fuel cell used in the portable  



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Paul Liam McGlone
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