Chief Judge Becky J. Moore of Alexandria's General District Court believes attorneys must know and understand the latest breath-testing equipment when representing drunk driving clients.
In her ongoing programs for attorneys and substitute judges over the past several years, Judge Moore has designed and developed continuing legal education programs, first of their kind in Virginia and endorsed by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Judge Moore held a two-hour session today. More than 30 attorneys attended.
Alka Lohman, program manager for Calibration at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, was today's featured speaker. This is part of the Litigation Excellence Project on the Intox EC/IR II breath-testing equipment.
"Driving under the influence is a major problem for our city and throughout the Commonwealth," Judge Moore said. "It is our duty, as judges and attorneys, both prosecutors and defense lawyers, and magistrates to stay up-to-date on the latest information and equipment. This is how we can handle effectively DUI cases in order to protect both victims and defendants, and our city."