The Daubert Standard for Fort Lauderdale DUI Cases
Under Florida’s new law governing the admissibility of expert evidence, trial court judges will have to determine whether expert testimony satisfies Daubert and Federal Rule of Evidence 702, and apply the federal three prong test for determining whether expert testimony is admissible.
Expert witness testimony will now be admissible if such testimony is:
(1) based on sufficient facts or data;
(2) the product of reliable methods and principles; and
(3) the expert witness has applied those principles and methods reliably to the facts in the case.
Of course, it must still be determined whether the evidence will assist the trier of fact in deciding the matter, and whether or not the expert is properly qualified .
An expert is properly qualified so long as they have specialized knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education.
For clients accused in Fort Lauderdale DUI cases, the new law has several implications.
Implications of the Daubert Standard
First, people who are administered the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus have a new tool to challenge the abmissibility of the results.
Second, otherwise admissible breath test results will not be admissible unless the state can show that the test results are the product of reliable methods and principles.
Under the new law, prior to the being able to introduce their evidence, prosecutors will have to prove that the evidence is reliable and based upon valid science. Both the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) and the Intoxilyzer are so-called scientific tests which would therefore have to survive a challenge under the new law.
A properly trained and experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer should know how to raise challenges to the reliability of the State’s evidence.
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