SmarTest Labs provides a range of legal lab testing services for those in the criminal justice or legal field.
Drug-related arrests, convictions, and incarcerations continue to increase each year. The criminal justice system faces the problem of how to handle these high numbers. Unfortunately, access to drugs and alcohol is much easier today for the abusers. Drug Abuse is becoming an epidemic in many states. Monitoring of the situation has become imperative to manage the escalation of drug and alcohol use. DNA testing assist in many legal evaluations of paternal, immigration and family relationships including forensic requirements.
Learn more about our legal lab testing below:
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
In order to prove paternity for court purposes, a legal paternity test is usually necessary. A legal paternity test requires a chain-of-custody process whereby a third-party Collector verifies participating individual’s identity, witnesses DNA collection and then sends the samples directly to the testing laboratory. In order to prove paternity for court purposes, a legal paternity test is usually necessary.The DNA specimen is thoroughly documented and accounted for during the entire testing process. This ensures that the specimen or results have not been tampered with.
Forensic – DNA tests uniquely identify a person and are very accurate in determining individuals. DNA testing is a better and more effective way of identifying criminals. DNA from blood, skin, and hair are matched with the DNA of the suspects in rape and murder cases. Therefore, DNA tests can prove an individual’s innocence in a criminal case.
Paternity DNA – One of the primary reasons people take up DNA tests is to establish paternity. A DNA test enables fathers to be sure that they are the biological father of the child when they are not sure about it. DNA testing is important in establishing paternity for child support requests. Ancestry DNA is very good at determining close family relations such as siblings or parents to reunite or identify lost close family members (or indeed criminals).
Immigration – DNA testing in immigration is useful for children, parents, grandparents and other relative who are planning to migrate and need proof that they are related to the families that they say they are related to. This is very helpful in determining family relationships for legal and judicial purposes. There are new DNA test that can locate where your relatives lived over 1,000 years ago, and in some cases, even pinpoint the specific village or island your ancestors came from. The new DNA test was over 80 percent successful in tracing people from around the world back to their ancestral origins.
Drug & Alcohol
Drug-related arrests, convictions, and incarcerations continue to increase each year. The criminal justice system faces the problem of how to handle these high numbers of people with substance abuse and addiction issues flooding the system. As the opioid epidemic unfolds, correctional institutions are looking for best practices that they can use to help handle the ever growing demand for substance abuse and addiction treatment. Testing at the workplace, universities, colleges, schools & personal testing are becoming more critical in managing the increase in drug & alcohol.
Testing for drug & alcohol can further be linked to the judicial system training programs, recovery programs and other programs that the system provides to those needing assistance. Employers can work with collection sites to assist employees with recovery and avoidance of drug and alcohol legal implications.