Posted on 15th January 2015 by DNA Legal
Posted under: DNA
Today we almost take DNA testing in our stride rather than appreciating it for the marvel of modern science it truly is.
TV shows like Jeremy Kyle have brought the pioneering work to the masses for entertainment, and thanks to detective shows like CSI, we all feel like we have a bit of the DNA expert in us.
Such is its ubiquity that we tend not to appreciate quite how recent the discovery was and just how groundbreaking the discipline is... Read More
Posted on 7th January 2015 by DNA Legal
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act was passed in 2012, despite resistance from legal professionals, social workers, parliamentary opposition parties and charities. The LASPO act abolished the Legal Services Commission, an executive non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice, replacing it with the Legal Aid Agency.
One of the primary reasons for such widespread protest against the act was that the... Read More
Posted on 16th December 2014 by DNA Legal
Testing for the ingestion of alcohol can be important for a variety of cases, criminal and otherwise. However, ethanol is quickly absorbed by the body, so once metabolism occurs testing for alcohol abuse often becomes difficult.
Blood and urine samples can be taken, but results tend to be weak as compounds soon deplete. Thus, the discovery of new alcohol testing methods has decreased erroneous results, and helped ensure we get the most... Read More
Posted on 15th December 2014 by DNA Legal
In 1995, the United Kingdom National DNA Database (NDNAD) was founded by the now defunct National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), as a means of logging DNA samples from criminal suspects.
To date, profiles of an estimated 7 million people have been recorded, with samples being recovered at crime scenes or collected from those in police custody. In England and Wales, anyone arrested or detained at a police station will routinely have... Read More
Posted on 10th December 2014 by DNA Legal
What would you do if your client claimed their drink had been spiked with ecstasy, yet tests indicated they were a habitual user of the drug?
In December 2012, Mr W. was off duty and socialising. He was given a drink which he later suspected had been spiked, almost certainly with MDMA. He reacted very badly and ended up in hospital. The following day he reported the spiking incident to the police and blood and urine samples were taken... Read More