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Monthly Archives: April 2015

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When Do I Need a Forensic Toxicologist?

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s Not Just CSI: The Other Roles of a Forensic Toxicologist We may think of the forensic toxicologist as confined to a dreary morgue or laboratory, taking samples from cadavers and watching centrifuges spin. This is the image of forensic toxicology most of us have encountered in movies and television…

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The Role of a Forensic Toxicologist in Court

Reading Time: 2 minutesInterpretation and Expertise: The Forensic Toxicologist as Expert Witness An expert witness is someone who is qualified to testify in court as an expert on a certain topic or field. Their expertise is due to their specialist knowledge, skills or education, and they should be able to justify their opinions…

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A Brief History of Poisons and Forensic Toxicology

Reading Time: 2 minutesSilent Killers: Poisons and the Development of Forensic Toxicology Forensic Toxicology is the study of poisons, chemicals, and toxins for the purpose of investigation. Most often, we think of it as being used in criminal investigations ¬– popular television shows like CSI or Bones have brought forensic practices in to…

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Forensic Toxicology and DUIs

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Role of Forensic Toxicology in DUI cases An endless stream of CSI and cop shows have conditioned us to believe that investigation units are comprised of fault-less staff determined to pursue the ends of justice to the letter. But much like any other group of employees, police officers and…

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Duties of an Expert Witness

Reading Time: 3 minutesPutting the Expert in Expert Witness Despite what TV would have you believe, court cases are rarely won by lawyers alone. The truth is a good expert witness can make all the difference when it comes to final judgments – especially when one considers that the facts of a case…

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Different Types of Samples Used by a Forensic Toxicologist

Reading Time: 3 minutesForensic Toxicologists and The Samples They Use The law has come a long way since the first fingerprint was used to link a suspect to the scene of a crime. It’s unlikely anyone a century ago could have predicted the role of a forensic toxicologist and how their field has…

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Defining the Role of a Forensic Lawyer

Reading Time: 2 minutesForensic lawyers are experts in both law and forensic science. The intersection of science and law has allowed for new tools and methodologies for discovering truth. Okorie Okorocha has served as an expert witness in over 280 trials. His role is to help juries understand complex, scientific concepts and to…

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Narcopouch Tests – Drug Testing Made Easy

Reading Time: 3 minutesA narcopouch test is a presumptive test designed to identify illegal substances. After analysis, a presumptive test will tell you one of two things. It is definitely not a certain substance or the sample is probably the suspected substance. Similar to a portable chemistry lab, narcopouch tests are self-contained, providing…

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The Pros and Cons of Sweat Patches For Drug Testing

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe use of sweat patches as a method of drug testing is a relatively new development in the field of forensic toxicology. Sweat patch drug testing is becoming increasingly popular among employers screening employees and job applicants for drug use, although sweat patches are typically used to monitor persons on…

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