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Growing Concerns Over South Florida Fdle Department Inspector Sandra Veiga
Fort Lauderdale DUI Attorney addresses issues with state Intoxilyzer machines and false intoxication readings. Flaws discovered with the annual inspections of the equipment, results of inspections disguised.
By: Carlos A. Canet
The FDLE is the administrative agency charged with the responsibility of performing annual inspections on local law enforcement Intoxilyzers. Ms. Veiga was the FDLE inspector for South Florida. Her jurisdictional boundaries were Miami-Dade County, Ft. Lauderdale and all Broward County and Palm Beach County.
Her dismissal from the FDLE came about when it was discovered that she had developed a method for disguising failed inspections. She did this by literally pulling the plug and cutting the power to the Intoxilyzer. It was discovered that by doing so no digital record of a failed inspection would be created.
Initially, it was believed that the problem was limited to one incident and one Intoxilyzer in Miami-Dade County. However, the recent disclosure of the Miami Beach Police Department memo makes reference to several episodes and several Intoxilyzers . In the memo, Officer Kevin Millan described a conversation he had with Ms. Veiga were she stated,
“That she has terminated annual inspections before by turning the instrument off and not documenting it.” Clearly, she was speaking in the plural.
The scope of her hidden failed inspections is not yet known. However, in intense investigation by the local criminal defense bar is currently under way.
The Law Office of Carlos A. Canet. P.A. is presently involved with obtaining a sworn statement from Ms. Veiga. It is anticipated that all issues concerning failed Intoxilyzer inspections will be covered. Mr. Canet, a local DUI defense lawyer who represents clients in Miami-Dade County, Ft. Lauderdale in Broward County and Palm Beach County, fully expects to uncover to what extent the Intoxilyzer breath readings were effected in the cases of those he represents.
Mr. Canet has also spearheaded efforts in South Florida to persuade local judges to throw out breath test results because of the lack of governmental oversight. Mr. Canet has contended for nearly a year that the broad discretion given local departmental and law enforcement agency inspectors directly effects the reliability of breath test results. The episode with Ms. Veiga being the most recent dramatic example.
If you have been charged with a DUI in the state of Florida, contact Carlos A. Canet today to defend your personal freedoms, you only have precious few days in the state of Florida to respond to a DUI charge.
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