Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his defense attorney, Ivan Golde, have released preliminary information concerning his tentative defense for his July 14 Driving Under the Influence arrest.
You read correctly, Marshawn Lynch is the most new recruit to join those NFL athletes who have been arrested. As revealed above, on July 14, after allegedly weaving in and out of traffic and nearly being involved in collisions with two separate vehicles, Lynch was stopped and later arrested by police officers.
On July 18 during a court arraignment he was officially charged with the Driving under the Influence charge.
No information regarding Lynch’s blood alcohol concentration on the evening of the arrest was cited in the official incident report. However, NFL.com has reported that Lynch’s blood alcohol concentration that evening registered at a .08. Keep in mind that the nationwide blood alcohol legal limit is .08.
NFL.com has reported that Lynch’s defense attorney, Ivan Golde, raised concerns about the blood alcohol tests that police officers administered to Lynch on the evening of his arrest. Apparently police officers tested Lych twice that evening. Although no information was released about the first test admistered, the second test was issued 40 minutes after the first, with Lynch’s blood alcohol registering at a .10.
Golde went on to explain that on-the-scene alcohol detection tests have a margin of error and he is determined to prove it with science.
Sources have agreed with Golde regarding the fact that alcohol detection tests given by police on the scene do have a margin of error and that science is available to prove it. However, they do not agree with Golde’s assertion that there is more than a fifty percent chance that Lynch actually blew only a .06 or .07.
Criminal procedure research reveals that results from on-the-scene alcohol detection tests are not viewed as conclusive or irrebuttable proof that an individual was intoxicated.
In fact, portable alcohol detection tests are just one of several tests and tools that police officers use to assist them with concluding that a person is intoxicated. Police officers utilize not only their senses, including their eyes, nose, and ears, but also many types of field sobriety exams to determine if an individuals is impaired and or intoxicated.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the second test that was administered to Lynch is alleged to have been conducted by a certified machine at a police station. Certified machines produce more accurate results than on-the-scene alcohol detection tests as they are often submitted as evidence in court. There is an exact science to certified machines as they involve scientific procedures and measures as well as specific regulations.
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