American Chemical Society – Chemistry and the Law Division – Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation:
Let’s start with the thing most lawyer commercials end with, I’m not board certified in DWI Law. That’s because Texas has no board certification for DWI Law.
However RC was designated by the American Chemical Society as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist. What does that mean?
It means he took the time to learn the science behind how the government tests your blood and breath in a DWI case. He has taken about 160 hours of training on the various instruments used in this science covering everything from theory to hands on training. After all those classes he had to take a pretty tough test. RC was the 33rd lawyer in the world to be granted the designation by the American Chemical Society and only the 8th in Texas.
In a growing number of jurisdictions across the State of Texas, prosecutors are simply showing the jury a number. If your lawyer doesn’t understand how those numbers are being calculated and what could possibly cause error; why ow could he ever get a jury to question that number?
If your case is going to be centered around the number the State created, you need someone with the experience and training to tackle these scientific issues. When you are interviewing a lawyer ask them how many times they have replaced a coil on a chromatograph. Ask them how many times they have prepared a sample to be injected into the machine. Ask them how many times they have calibrated such a machine or what n-proponol is used for. If they don’t satisfy your answers on those questions it would be awful difficult for them to convince a jury that the state “expert” is wrong.
If you need a DWI lawyer, don’t settle for just anyone with a law degree, hire someone who knows what they are talking about.