Some officers in New Hampshire were apparently given an invalid exam, and it could mean that a number of DUI convictions are in danger of being thrown out. This news came from the state's attorney general's office. While the exact number of convictions that could be jeopardized has not been released, some estimates are in the dozens.
The problem was with the re-certification exam, which officers have to take to make sure they know how to use a breathalyzer. An officer who is not certified cannot give out a breath test that will then hold up in court. The authorities now think that the exam in question was flawed.
The range of impact from the test goes back about a year and a half. At this time, it looks like 64 different officers took the test. The deputy attorney general has been trying to sort it out by getting a list naming these officer from the vendor who gave out the test, but it took three months for her to get that list.
While taking the online exam, officers have to go through two different parts. The error in the system made it so that officers could skip that second portion. Even though they hadn't done it, they were still given marks indicating that they'd passed. They were then allowed to give out breath tests to drivers who were suspected of operating their motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.
This could have a big impact on those who have been convicted, so residents of the state must keep an eye on developments to see which cases were involved.