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Arrested for a Seattle DUI? Say Hello to SOBERLINK

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | May 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

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Seattle DUI Suspects Meet SOBERLINK

After today Seattle DUI arrestees are about to meet a new monitoring device.  The Seattle Municipal Judges announced today that the Seattle DUI Probation officers  who monitor pretrial release of many people charged with a Seattle DUI will be providing the DUI Judges with another alternative in addition to the ignition interlocks and the transdermal, sweat measuring ankle bracelets (SCRAM).

 Announcing SOBERLINK!  

New and untested this pretrial release option appears to be most similar to the very portable handheld breath testing devices that officers carry in their pockets and that many remember blowing into the moment prior to being handcuffed and stuffed in the squad car.  A fuel cell device at its core, SOBERLINK is sold as a package that takes a picture of the person blowing, measures the breath alcohol level, and delivers the data via a cellular connection - a camera, a cell phone, and a PBT, all in one. 

It appears to be cheaper, just under ten dollars, while SCRAM is $15 per day, and more mobile because you can swim, bath, and pass through metal detectors without restriction.  It may even have a location function.

The question of false positives remains though.  Drivers with Ignition Interlocks, also fuel cell breath testing devices, are familiar with the false positive from sugar based alcohols that lock up their cars at inconvenient times.

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John Reply

Posted Aug 27, 2014 at 20:57:03

COMPLAINT FILED WITH FDA – SOBERLINK a. DESCRIPTION OF COMPLAINT/INJURY

FAILED TO OPERATE AS THE COMPANY CLAIMED. FAILED TO IDENTIFY OPERATOR. FAILED TO SEND TEST. FAILED TO DETECT ALCOHOL. FAILED TO ELIMINATE OR DISTINGUSH OTHER CHEMICALS OR COMPOUND AS THE COMPANY CLAIMED. FALSE/POSTIVE READINGS. FALSE READINGS. ERROR CODES AND MESSAGES. SOBERLINK FAILED TO DIAGNOSE PROBLEM OR ISSUES WITH ALCOHOL BREATHALYZER. SOBERLINK FAILED TO PROVIDE RMA # FOR RETURN OF WARRANTY. FALSE MARKETING AND ADVERTIZING. COMPANY CLAIMED DEVICE IS CERTIFIED FOR EVIDENTIAL PROCESS OR USE. FAILED TO PROVIDE ACCURATE USER AND CRITICAL INFORMATION ON REPORT. ALCOHOL DEVICE INDUCED AND RESPONSIBLE FOR: ANXIETY, STRESS, DEPRESSION, BELLS PASLEY, ARREST, JAIL, PROBATION, LEGAL AND MEDICAL COST RANGING IN THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

User beware…

John Reply

Posted Sep 03, 2014 at 16:59:00

SOBERLINK – My personal experience with: A Mobile Alcohol Breathalyzer that is classified as a class 1 medical device In California. A class 1 medical device is in the same category as a bed pan you piss in. Class 1 medical device needs no human clinical trials, no scientific data, and no certification and is exempt from the FDA regulatory process. This Breathalyzer is NOT FDA approved, does NOT have 510K certification, and is NOT DOT approved and yet it is used in court, probation, by law officials, with family members and rehabs to determine ones breathe alcohol content. This device has reported false positives, erroneous information, failed to send test, failed to perform as manufacturer claimed etc. I’ve proven this through laboratory tests I submitted myself to, picture of error codes from device, various documents and emails. The device is defective and the report is in serious error. This device caused a warrant for my arrest, jail, legal fees, medical conditions and more. I’ve researched this device and company and have clearly documented all I have stated and more. The manufacturer sends out a report that is used by a monitoring system, probation and law officials to judge ones sobriety and determine the degree of consequences if any (This report is taken as gospel). The alcohol device has been out on the market for approximately 2 years and is being used by people every day. I filed a complaint with the FDA. The FDA has research the matter and is in agreement with my findings and is in the process of pursuing the manufacturer “SOBERLINK”. User beware… Please contact me if you had or having similar problems with the Soberlink Mobile Alcohol monitoring device. Johnlomo1963@gmail.com

John Reply

Posted Oct 28, 2014 at 14:07:31

Soberlink alcohol monitor is a defective device in my experience and should be pulled from the U.S. market. The alcohol monitor failed to perform as Soberlink stated. Failed to warranty the defective device. Alcohol monitor produce error codes and would NOT send test as designed. Soberlink tech support failed to diagnose the issues. Soberlink Alcohol monitor and report caused a legal nightmare which cause me thousands of dollars of legals fees. USER BEWARE!

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