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Nassau County’s Continuing Crime Lab Problems

crime1-150x150 The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that laboratory technicians  will have to testify regarding lab tests for such tests to be accepted into  evidence. This will create significant problems for the Nassau County  District Attorney’s Office.

Nassau County Crime Lab Closed Since February

In February of 2011, the Nassau County Crime Lab was closed. This action was taken after the crime lab lost it’s certification for drug testing. Nassau County is now in the process of re-testing thousands of samples taken regarding drug cases. All of the testing is currently being undertaken by a crime laboratory located in Pennsylvania. It is estimated that this is costing Nassau County in excess of $100,000 per month.

Presenting Laboratory Evidence

The Supreme Court decision will require Nassau County to bring the crime laboratory technicians from Pennsylvania to testify with regard to the tests they conducted concerning evidence obtained by police in drug related cases. The United States Supreme Court case requires the actual lab technician who conducted the test to testify on the procedures utilized in the analysis of the drug material. The court ruling does not allow for supervisors or other employees to testify instead of the technician that conducted the tests.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal defense lawyers throughout the country have taken the position that this removes the unfairness from the submission of laboratory tests by prosecutors without calling the lab technicians to testify regarding their procedures. This gives criminal defense lawyers an opportunity to cross examine the laboratory employees with regard to how they handle the evidence sample and the tests and procedures undertaken by them.

Long Island and New York City Criminal Defense

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with crimes or who are being investigated for crimes. We are experienced in representing individuals charged with computer and internet crimesviolent crimes, white collar crimessex crimes, weapons possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI)shopliftingburglaryjuvenile offensesassault and batterydomestic violencedrug offenses and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Nassau County, New York’s Crime Lab is an Embarassment!

crime1There have been recent disclosures with regard to the numerous problems faced by the Nassau County Police Crime Laboratory. Nassau County faces the potential that numerous individuals were convicted based on erroneous findings of the Nassau County Crime Laboratory. There is the potential for many lawsuits related to the poor quality of the testing work performed by the Nassau County Crime Laboratory.

History of Problems

Crime Laboratories

The police and the district attorneys’ offices rely on crime laboratories to process data related to drugs and other compounds seized by the police. When the crime laboratory’s integrity is challenged, it undermines the credibility of the entire law enforcement system.
Bad lab results can result in improper convictions. Individuals can be convicted of crimes they did not commit. Forensic evidence which includes blood samples, fingerprints and hair analysis is necessary for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

There have been many failures regarding the crime laboratory in Nassau County. Television viewers throughout the United States are familiar with the excellent work that can be accomplished by well-organized, sophisticated forensic investigations of a crime. The CSI television programs are largely responsible for educating the American public regarding these matters.

Presumption of Innocence

Approximately four years ago the Crime Laboratory was placed on probation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory directors. They took this action due to the poor quality of the analysis of drugs taken from criminals by the police. In 2010, the New York State Commission on Forensic Science conducted an inspection of the Nassau County Police laboratory. This resulted on the laboratory being placed on probation a second time. In February of 2011, all testing on narcotics in the laboratory ceased.
Individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Individuals charged with crimes are entitled to due process. This amounts to a fair and impartial legal system. There can be no due process when the police and prosecutors are relying on faulty, inaccurate, erroneous laboratory results caused by a flawed poorly run crime laboratory.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are charged with a crime, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can provide you with aggressive legal representation. We experienced in representing individuals charged with drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, juvenile defenses, driving while intoxicated (DWI), weapons possession, sex crimes, white collar crimes, violent crimes and other misdemeanors and felonies. We can assist you and help you save your license if you’re charged with traffic tickets. Feel free to call Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq. at 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or 1-800-344-6431. Our phones are monitored 24/7.

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