ACS-CHAL Lawyer Scientist

Lawyer Scientist

What sets RC apart?

There are a lot of very fine lawyers who handle DWI cases in Texas. Why should you choose RC over the field of them?  Well, RC, is one of the very few Lawyers who has been designated as a Lawyer Scientist by the American Chemical Society, Chemistry and the Law Division. When it comes to your DWI case, consider putting a Lawyer Scientist in your corner.   

What does being a ACS-CHAL Lawyer scientist mean?

It means RC has studied the scientific process of gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Those are the scientific methods used to determine the amount of alcohol or other intoxicants in a blood sample.  

For each lab, there is a slightly different procedure they use for preparing the blood sample for analysis.  Blood has to be taken from the vial and several chemicals are added to it.  Depending upon what substance they are looking for, or what brand of machine they are using, the paramaters are different.  The precise combination of those chemicals is important.  Too little or too much of one chemical may inflate the result or invalidate the test.  

Does your lawyer know what n-propanol is?   And how it can affect your reading?  A Lawyer Scientist like RC will know the answer to these questions.  He will know how to ask for the correct paperwork from the lab.  He will force the government scientist to "show their work" before just accepting a number as the value of your blood alcohol level. 

As you can imagine, if you don't really know the specifics of these fields, it becomes impossible to tell whether the State's scientist has done their job correctly.  If your case is going to come down to how this analysis was performed, it's best to get someone who understands it through and through. 

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How do you get to be a Lawyer Scientist?  

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the largest scientific organization in the world. In fact, it was chartered by the US Congress, but has members all over the world. A subgroup of the ACS is the Chemistry and the Law division (ACS-CHAL). Only the ACS-CHAL can designate someone as a lawyer-scientist.  It is by no means an easy designation to get.  

In order to receive the designation a lawyer needs to take a series of 4 classes at the Axion labs in Chicago. These classes are taught by experts in their field, on the subjects of how the machine works to evaluate alcohol or other drugs in a person's blood.  In fact, Dr. Harold McNair actually wrote the book that virtually every government scientist will agree is the leading textbook on the subject.  Dr. McNair did his work studying under a guy named AJ Martin, who was awarded the nobel prize for Gas Chromatography.  So the Lawyer scientist has literally one degree of seperation from his own education and that of the nobel prize winner for the science.  

After taking the four classes a person has to pass a 100 question test, then show they are in good standing with both the ACS and their local bar association.  So far there are less than 100 Lawyers with the designation of Lawyer Scientist.  None of those lawyers practice in the same parts of Texas as RC.  It is fair to say, that virtually nobody else has the qualifications RC does to attack the blood science in your case.

If your case is going to depend on determinations of alcohol or other drugs in your blood, it makes sense to hire a lawyer who understands these processes.  If your lawyer doesn't know the process, how can they possibly point out mistakes in that process? Contact us today to get a free consultation about your case.  It might be the best decision you ever made.