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Understanding forensic testing for drug and DUI cases

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime or a driving under the influence charge in Connecticut, you may find it helpful to learn about the types of toxicology and forensic tests that are done  in your case. Many law enforcement officers and prosecutors may look to the results of scientific tests in order to support their arrestof you and their further prosecution of you for the alleged offenses.

According to the state of Connecticut, the Controlled Substance and Toxicology Lab within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection manages this testing. The most common types of drugs evaluated by the lab include heroin, MDMA, cocaine and pot. The agency not only examines samples and materials but provides testimony and analysis on lab findings.

When it comes to testing blood or urine samples, the former is said to be best for tracking traces of sedatives, tranquilizers or alcohol in a person's system. Urine sample may provide better results when it comes to looking for narcotic drugs or stimulants. The agency also trains law enforcement officers on how to properly administer breath tests for suspected drunk driving investigations. This group is also responsible for monitoring and certifying the accuracy of the breath test equipment that is used in these cases.

If you would like to learn more about forensic and toxicology testing related to cases involving alleged drug crimes or impaired driving, please feel free to visit the substance and sample testing page of our Connecticut criminal defense website.

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