Tag Archives: DUI Science

Permalink to Katy Kennedy writes published in Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence

Katy Kennedy writes published in Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence

Congratulations to Attorney Katy Kennedy of The McShane Firm who recently was published in the widely respected book Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence. She authored chapter 6 entitled “A Basic Overview of Headspace Gas Chromatography”. Gas Chromatography is the scientific method which is used in DUI blood testing.  To effectively defend DUI cases, an attorney must go […]

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Another Example of Excellence in DUI Defense

At The McShane Firm, we don’t strive to be Good at DUI defense; we strive for Excellence.  Our performance proves that. Recently, we received some great news on a case we were working on.  After SIX YEARS, multiple orders for re-trials in a case that was heard at many levels in the Pennsylvania appellate system,  the […]

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Field Sobriety Circus

Here’s how the story goes:  you get pulled over by a police officer who suspects your car swerved a bit.  The officer asks if you have been drinking and before you know it you are on the street walking an imaginary line, following a pen with your eyes and standing on one leg.  You might […]

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Permalink to The Problem with DUI Drugs

The Problem with DUI Drugs

DUI drugs refers to driving under the influence of illicit drugs as well as many common prescription medications.  The ironic part is, even if you have a valid prescription and are taking the recommended dosage, you can still be charged with a DUI drugs (DUID). (Read: DUI Arrests Purposely Targeting Innocent People) Because of the […]

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Permalink to Friends Don’t Let Friends Defend their Own DUI

Friends Don’t Let Friends Defend their Own DUI

Defending your own DUI case is not a smart choice.  For someone without the proper legal training, it will be nearly impossible to challenge the evidence and get a positive outcome.  Here are some reasons why you should not try to defend a DUI by yourself. The Stakes are High While DUI is a very […]

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Permalink to External Quality Assurance Auditor for Pennsylvania Forensics Labs

External Quality Assurance Auditor for Pennsylvania Forensics Labs

Forensics, in the form of both blood and breath testing, is a big part of a DUI case.  This is why I have dedicated myself to the study of forensic science so I can offer the best defense for my clients.  You have to know the science to hold the scientists accountable. In my studies […]

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Permalink to Crime Labs Positive. Retests Show Substance was not Present in the First Place!

Crime Labs Positive. Retests Show Substance was not Present in the First Place!

Blood tests are often treated like the “holy grail” of DUI evidence.  Prosecutors see it as infallible and many inexperienced DUI attorneys fail to question the results because of its perceived accuracy.  I even once had a prosecutor say to me, in open court mind you, “It’s a blood test. How can you possibly challenge […]

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Permalink to The Disconnect Between Science and Crime Labs

The Disconnect Between Science and Crime Labs

Science is a very important part of criminal law, especially when it comes to DUI.  In many cases, the bulk of the evidence lies in blood and breath test reports.  To produce valid and accurate results, science has outlined specific methodologies and procedures that need to be followed and if these are violated, the results […]

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Permalink to Tougher Penalties for repeat Pennsylvania drunk drivers

Tougher Penalties for repeat Pennsylvania drunk drivers

A lot of politics surround the issue of DUI in PA. There are many powerful lobbies like MADD and the Pennsylvania DUI Association that are pushing for harsher penalties for DUI and have even proposed some legislation that, in essence, assumes that a suspect is guilty before they have had a chance in court. I […]

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Permalink to PA DUI Attorney to Present at the AAFS Annual Meeting

PA DUI Attorney to Present at the AAFS Annual Meeting

Attorney McShane has unmatched credentials as an expert attorney in analytical chemistry matters. No attorney in the country can match the body of knowledge and study he has. He has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding knowledge about forensic science and once again will present a research paper at another prestigious scientific convention. From […]

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