In a multi-part series, Cobb County DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Alan J. Levine writes about the difficulties and opportunities for challenging a blood test in a criminal case. Though focused on the Driving Under the Influence scenario, and the applicability of Georgia state specific law, the methods for drawing a valid and reliable blood sample, as well as the assurance of proper scientific methods in the field of chromatography, are relevant to any criminal case where blood evidence supports the charges, no matter the state or country.
We have been in the Age of Microterrorism for some time - viruses, bacteria and prions have been in our environment for millennia. One early use of bioweapons was when Scythian archers infected their arrows by dipping them in decomposing bodies, or in blood mixed with manure, in 400 BC. Now, this ancient scourge revisits us at the grocery store where a Pennsylvania woman coughed all over $35,000 worth of goods.
There are people in Georgia who need to use THC oil to help with their medical or psychiatric issues. Thus, our state legislature has recently passed a procedure by which those people may get and use low THC oil. First, they need a certified physician to determine they have one of the allowed conditions. Then, that physician applies for their patient's Low THC Oil Registry card through the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Department of Justice has asked that certain fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution be suspended during this novel coronavirus emergency. Legislators from both parties have voiced their opposition to the request. But, in order that their opposition remain strong, and to prevent a national decay transforming the USA into a police state, the citizenry must also speak up, joining with those who will not sacrifice liberty for security.
With COVID-19 putting pressure on our judiciary system, this is not the time for your defense attorney to slack off on your case. This is the time to get to work and be ready to take the case to trial when our courts return to normal function. That way, a defense lawyer better ensures getting their client a fair deal - and maybe even better!