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 are not scientifically supported.

Bad forensic science puts us all in danger of a false DUI conviction
Bad forensic science puts us all in danger of a false DUI conviction

However, there is a disconnect between what science has mandated and what crime labs do.

The majority of crime labs are overworked and under-staffed and suffer from a lack of oversight.  To meet their high demand and increase output, technicians cut corners and violate scientific tenets with the end result being a report that looks like science but isn’t science.

This is a very troubling problem that threatens us all.  Because of unscientific crime labs, criminals walk free because they cannot be proven guilty and innocent people are severely punished for crimes they did not commit.

As a criminal defense attorneys, The McShane Firm fights for justice and forensic reform.  If crime labs would properly follow scientific procedures, it would make this country safer for all of us.

If you are a victim of faulty forensics, please contact The McShane Firm at 1-866-MCSHANE.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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