Laura Barfield, former FDLE Alcohol Testing Progam Director, Starts a Consulting Practice

If you are interested in shining some light on Florida’s Alcohol Testing Program then you might be excited to learn that Laura Barfield, the former FDLE Program Manager, has started her own consulting practice. The company is called “Forensic Toxicology Consulting Services International, LLC.” According to her website, she started the company in May of 2013.

I am happy to welcome her to private practice. Truth and transparency will lead to a better alcohol testing program for the State of Florida. I just happened across her website today. Her quote of the day really says it all:

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Her website provides that she is a “consultant and expert witness on the analysis and impairing effects of alcohol and drugs.” You can visit her website here – Forensic Toxicology Consulting Services International, LLC. You can like her company on Facebook here – Facebook profile. Or connect with Laura Barfield on LinkedIn.

Her website also contains a few blog articles including one dated September 21, 2013, entitled “Your DUI Case” that stresses the importance of having “all relevant information in the possession of the Prosecution to adequately and appropriately confront your accuser and properly defend yourself.” The article also has a list of non-exhaustive issues that must be verified including:

  • Proper procedures were followed and all requirements were met;

  • The instrument used was operating correctly at the time you were tested;

  • The testing protocol used was valid and accepted in the scientific community;

  • A preliminary, or screening, test result is not being used as evidence against you;

  • The results have scientific and legal, or probative value and are not prejudicial;

  • Quality assurance and quality control was incorporated in the analysis;

  • There was probable cause to collect the sample(s) analyzed; and

  • The person(s) conducting the analysis were qualified to do so.

It is quite exciting to find out that Laura Barfield might be coming to a city near me to testify about problems with the Intoxilyzer 8000 in Florida. I cannot imagine a better expert witness that the defense could hire.

I had the pleasure of calling her as my witness several years ago for the motions in Hillsborough County in my attempt to obtain the source code to the Intoxilyzer 8000. I’ve also cross-examined her in another case in Pinellas County, FL, after the prosecutor called her to testify at a motion hearing.

Trust me when I say that prosecutors will have a difficult time with cross-examination for any number of reasons. In fact, I can’t wait to see that cross-examination.

Laura Barfield was essentially the Big Enchilada at FDLE’s Alcohol Testing Program. The number two guy, Roger Skipper, is now the Agency Inspector for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The number three guy, Matthew Malhiot started his own consulting practice called Forensic Alcohol Consulting and Training, LLC, which is located in Canton, GA.

Like Matthew Malhiot, she might have a few announcements to make during the middle of her testimony. Her announcements promise to be far more exciting than the “drilling of the little hole” in the Intoxilyzer 8000. We can all look forward to that. She could have a very successful career as an expert witness for as long as Florida has the Intoxilyzer 8000. Seriously. I can’t wait to see what she charges. She will have the defense attorneys lined up around the block.

Laura Barfield knows where she is going and she knows the truth, and she doesn’t have to be what you want her to be. She’s free to be what she wants.

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