blood taking procedures
Do the seals on the containers of blood that are sent to the lab for testing supposed to be intialed by the accussed? the person seen the seals broken before they left the station. they pled not guilty and wonder if they have a good case or not to bring up??
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: blood taking procedures
The chain of custody for any physical evidence, including
blood samples, must be proven by the government beyond
any reasonable doubt at trial before a person can
be convicted based upon that evidence. Having the
accused intial the sample vial would certainly help
their case, but the case is not necessarily ruined
without the initials. The jury must, in the end,
decide whether or not the integrety of the sample
has been adequately established. I could not give
you any sort of assessment on the merits of your
case without a lot more information. Feel free to
send a private e-mail with the additional information.