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A Beginner's Guide to the Legal Side of Chemical Analysis: DWI, DUI and Drug Analyses Cases

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Date Published

June 19, 2020


Mecklenburg County Bar


Criminal Justice, General


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This one-hour seminar will provide attorneys having little science training with the basics about the various chemical analysis techniques employed by State Crime Labs in NC, SC and around the US. Although a few technical details will be presented about each method so that a greater understanding of each technique can be obtained, we will primarily use non-science analogies to help attendees understand the basic principles that these methods rely upon to produce their useful results. We will cover instrumentation methods such as FTIR, GCMS, LCMS, UV, GC headspace ethanol analysis and “Breathalyzer” tests as well as other less-specific presumptive tests like microcrystalline tests, ELISAs and color tests. Attendees will be provided with a clear foundation about these concepts and methodologies as well as about their utility and limitations for use.

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Edward G. Brown, Ph.D.

Edward G. Brown, Ph.D. obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 1980 and his Doctoral... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

A Beginner's Guide to the Legal Side of Chemical Analysis - Video
A Beginner's Guide to the Legal Side of Chemical Analysis - Paper
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How to Attend

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Technical Requirements
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