Breaking News: Blood Tests Invalid in Lebanon County

Breaking News: Blood Tests Invalid in Lebanon County

A ruling by all of the judges in the Court of Common Please in Lebanon County has rendered DUI blood tests inadmissible there. The issues stems from problems with the way Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) conducts blood tests.  There are two main issues that the court found: 1. The Use of Supernatant vs. Whole Blood…

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The Truth About Forcible Blood Draws

The 4th Amendment reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things…

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Believe. In Garbage?

Do You Believe in DUI Blood Tests?

A frustrated judge once asked me, “Justin why don’t you ever stipulate to a forensic science result?” They answer is simple: Because they are not reliable. For those who are not familiar with the terminology, “stipulating” means accepting the result of a forensic test without questioning it. Many The vast majority of lawyers do this,…

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If you still believe forensic blood tests are accurate then might as well check for monsters in you closets as well.

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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His experiments are probably more scientific than what is going on in government crime labs.

High Error Rates in State Crime Labs Lead to False Convictions

One of the the problems I face when dealing with state crime labs is that the average judge or juror sees them as being actually infallible and wholly scientific.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  The fact of the matter is that these crime labs are about as scientific as a tenth grade chemistry…

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Hiring a Pennsylvania DUI lawyer with expertise in blood testing is vital to the outcome of your case.

Challenging DUI Blood Evidence Part 6: Questions You Should Ask Your Attorney

When you are facing a Pennsylvania DUI case involving blood evidence, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to defend your case. Understanding DUI blood testing involves having a high level of knowledge in many disciplines of science. If your lawyers does not understand blood testing, you will have almost no chance of winning your…

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It takes a great deal of preparation and knowledge to cross-examine a forensic expert in a DUI case.

Challenging DUI Blood Evidence Part 5: Cross-Examining Forensic Experts

One question young, ambitious lawyers often ask me is, “how do you effectively cross-examine forensic experts?”  Cross-examining the prosecution’s experts is one of the most important stages in a DUI case because if that “expert” testimony is left unchallenged, the blood alcohol reading or the drug concentration result will be accepted and most certainly will…

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