Retention of Biological Samples: In a DUI case, how long is long enough?

Suppose the following: You are driving home. You get stopped by the police. You are arrested for DUI. You are requested and give a sample of your blood. The blood goes to a laboratory and is analyzed. The results get transmitted to the police a few days later. The  police type it up a few […]

Hemolysis in a blood sample when using headspace analysis by GC-FID

Hemolysis is a particular problem in the proper quantification of EtOH in a blood sample. First let’s define what it is: What does it look like? Red blood cells without (left and middle) and with (right) hemolysis. If as little as 0.5% of the red blood cells are hemolyzed, the released hemoglobin will cause the […]

The Particular Witness Rule as established in Bullcoming v. New Mexico

SPECIAL EDITION NEWS FLASH: [Full Disclosure: I was one of the co-authors on the NACDL/NCDD amicus curiae briefs in the case of Bullcoming v. New Mexico. You can hear the audio of the oral argument here. I have waited several hours on purpose to post here in order to try to remain objective.] On September […]

Expired Blood Tubes-What’s the Big Deal??

So you have a case where the state used expired blood tubes and they want to perform analytical chemistry for either Drugs of Abuse testing or ETOH testing.  So what’s the big deal about that???? Well I am so glad that you asked…. Simple.  Unlike what most people think it has nothing to do with […]

Lecture on Analytical Chemistry in BAC testing Part 13

The above is Part Thirteen from a lecture given by Attorney Justin J. McShane before the North Carolina Advocates for Justice “Advanced DWI Seminar”. This seminar happened on February 26, 2010. It was organized and hosted by John K. Fanney, Esquire of Fanney & Jackson, P.C. The following is a transcript of this video: In […]

Lecture on Analytical Chemistry in BAC testing Part 12

The above is Part Twelve from a lecture given by Attorney Justin J. McShane before the North Carolina Advocates for Justice “Advanced DWI Seminar”. This seminar happened on February 26, 2010. It was organized and hosted by John K. Fanney, Esquire of Fanney & Jackson, P.C. The following is a transcript of this video: You […]