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BLOOD TESTING ERRORS

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(That really happens?) by George Scharmen 315 Dwyer San Antonio, Texas 78204 (210) 226-8021 Blood testing for alcohol using chromatography is supposed to be the gold standard for forensic evidence of intoxication.  Much of the time it is, but yes, in a significant percentage of the tests there are laboratory, machine or analyst errors.  For […]

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DWI DURING COVID-19

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The nightmare is you were -screaming into your computer –stressed out about everything, and after a couple of drinks you -decided to drive a couple of blocks over to the Circle K to pick up a snack.  It so happens that an officer was working late and saw you roll through that stop sign.  The […]

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DWI Blood/Alcohol Testing in Hospitals? (“Hey, prosecutor, that’s none of your business!”)

San Antonio DWI Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Testing in Hospitals I’m not talking about “privacy” here. I think we all know that if the government really wants to get into your business, it can and it will. This is just a fact of modern life. So, unless you live in a shack in the middle […]

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Specialty and Treatment Courts

Some of my clients take drugs or drink alcohol for reasons other than recreation. It is sometimes a sad fact of heroism in the military that our heroes suffer not only physical injuries but also mental injuries. These injuries may include traumatic brain injury as well a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People with these problems […]

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DWI’s Today

First, if a lawyer guarantees that he will get your case dismissed have him put it in writing, and I will represent you for FREE because criminal lawyers cannot ethically present that they can be hired for a specific result. To do that is a violation of State Bar Ethics, and a lawyer can be […]

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“Good” Science For Gas Chromatographic Blood Alcohol Analysis

First of all, we need a cast of characters for this story. A Laboratory The central calibration and testing laboratory in Texas is the Texas Department of Public Safety Forensic Toxicology Laboratory [DPS]. The Rules All laboratories have their own Standard Operating Procedures. These are usually in the form of a manual that describes in […]

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