(Pictured left to right: MSP Lansing Laboratory Supervisor Geoffrey French, criminal defense attorney Barton Morris, Controlled Substances Technical Leader Elizabeth Gormley and Toxicology Technical Leader Nicholas Fillinger)
Currently, the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division in Lansing is responsible for the evidentiary testing of all blood samples for the presence and amount of alcohol and drugs for all drunk and drugged driving prosecutions. This alcohol blood test is often considered to be very strong evidence for the prosecution and most attorneys believe that their results cannot be effectively challenged. That is isn’t true for our team of attorneys.
There are several avenues of attack on blood testing that only a drunk driving specialist attorney will be able to successfully use.
The MSP-FD forensic scientist must testify to properly admit their results. Only a specialist with a very good understanding of how they test for alcohol or drugs in blood can effectively cross examine them and find a reasonable doubt including the following issues.
Did they follow their department rules to the letter when testing the sample?
Did they use proper internal standards (necessary for comparison and quantitative analysis)?
Were sufficient blanks run, to ensure the alcohol from one sample isn’t improperly counted in the next sample (carryover)?
Where the reports the testing instrument created (chromatagrams) interpreted properly?
The MSP-FD is underfunded and undermanned. Due to these conditions they believe they can cut corners, modify and eliminate proper procedures. The lab must be challenged on these non conforming practices.
Why Hire A DUI Attorney From The Law Offices of Barton Morris?
Challenging blood test results must be done with effective pre-trial motions and effective cross examination of the arresting police officer, forensic scientist and phlebotimist at trial.
Our attorneys are trained and experienced with making all of the above arguments effectively. Most criminal defense attorneys are not. In fact, Barton Morris is Michigan’s only forensic lawyer-scientist, meaning he has undergone extensive forensic training in labs and earned a certification few in the country possess. It makes him uniquely qualified to handle DUI cases, as every DUI case has a chemical test, which is forensic evidence. Barton trains his attorneys so they not only get his knowledge, but refer to him in all DUI cases.
Barton Morris graduated from the Axion Lab’s Hands On Forensic Chromatography Course where he was taught the theory behind blood alcohol testing and learned hands on how to prepare a sample and test blood for alcohol using an actual gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector exactly as performed at the Forensic Science Department of the Michigan State Police. Barton also learned how to perform regular maintenance upon the instruments including changing the columns and septums.
The Hands On GC Course allowed Barton to have the unique experience of performing the same blood alcohol testing just as is performed at the MSP-FSD. This specialized training is invaluable when fighting a blood alcohol OWI prosecution. Further, Barton Morris now owns the same Chromatography Thermo Quest software used by the MSP Forensic Science Division to perform an independent analysis of the raw data that’s generated in the testing of each blood alcohol and/or drug OWI case in the State of Michigan, right in his own office.
Barton Morris and his team have the knowledge, equipment, expertise and practical experience to effectively fight a blood alcohol or drug OWI case that consistently leads to great results for his clients.
Over Two Decades of Legal Experience With Michigan DUI laws and Other Practice Areas
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