DNA and Serology Cases
Your Case Could Rest on the Evidence of Our DNA Experts
You’ve likely heard from others that the DNA evidence against you
is overwhelming, and that you have absolutely
no chance of being acquitted. You may’ve been told to plead guilty
and “maybe” you’ll receive some leniency. The facts
are on the government’s side, right? How can you possibly hope to
defend yourself against DNA evidence?
The way we see it, if you find yourself trapped in what appears like a
hopeless situation, where the government claims that it discovered your
DNA in lab tests, then you have two options: accept that you’ll
be found guilty, or fight that evidence with everything you’ve got.
And if you choose to fight, then you’re going to need some serious
legal expertise— the kind of expertise that can determine exactly
how to turn the prosecution’s DNA evidence against them.
The Facts About DNA and Serology Testing
DNA evidence is hard to ignore. In many “he said, she said”
sexual assault cases, DNA and serology tests are the only real hard evidence
in the case. Understanding how to interpret, analyze, and implement this
evidence properly at trial can spell the difference between an acquittal
and a conviction.
If the government claims that your DNA was discovered either at a crime
scene or in/on the body or clothes of another individual, then the results
most likely came from one of three methods: Autosomal STR DNA tests, Y-STR
DNA tests, or serology tests.
Serology testing: Serology is the testing of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, saliva, sweat,
urine and other bodily fluids. Prior to actually testing a sample for
DNA, the laboratory will often conduct what is known as an AP (acid phosphatase)
and P30 test on the sample. These tests can provide a "presumptive
positive" or "immunological indication" of semen
but cannot confirm that semen was present.
Autosomal STR DNA testing: The “gold standard” of DNA tests, it detects both
male and female DNA and has the power to "match" a sample provided by an accused
(or any person) to the DNA sample that was collected as evidence. To put
this type of evidence into perspective, the probability of finding a random
match between the two samples (the one collected as evidence and the sample
provided by the accused) is often more than one in a sextillion.
Y-STR DNA testing: Y-STR DNA tests detect
male DNA by focusing exclusively on areas along the Y chromosome, and are much
less discriminating than Autosomal STR DNA tests. This test is most often
seen in sexual assault cases where vaginal swabs are taken. If this test
is run by the government, it can be used to prove that an accused was
not a match to a certain sample of DNA, thus exonerating the suspect.
The bottom line is that you cannot afford to hire a military defense lawyer
that either (a) doesn’t understand the different types of DNA testing
or (b) doesn’t have access to their own DNA specialists. Unless
you want to risk your future on the “unbiased” testing done
by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Laboratory (USACIL), you’ll
definitely want a second opinion, as well as the
full report on the tests—not some results summary that may exclude critical
information that could exonerate you in court.
Recent Problems With Forensic Laboratories
Recent investigations into the quality of work and the accuracy of results
at the nation's largest criminal investigative laboratories have revealed
significant problems with the qualifications of the analysts, the quality
of the equipment, and the accuracy of the results.
These investigations have even uncovered cases where known fraudulent results
were reported. Laboratories from New York City, Boston, Houston, West Virginia and dozens
more, including the famed FBI forensic testing laboratory, were exposed.
Not to be left out, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, responsible
for nearly 200 lab employees, has experienced similar problems over the years.The investigation concluded that USACIL also had DNA test result errors,
falsified reports and cover-ups. The implications for defense attorneys, and their clients, are significant.
When DNA Evidence Is Stacked Against You, Your Only Choice is BIlecki & Tipon
If your case involves DNA, serology, or other complex forensic evidence
that the prosecution is using to secure a conviction, your only option
is to hire true legal gunslingers with the know-how to shoot down the
Contact the Bilecki & Tipon law firm TODAY to discuss your options and find out how we can help tell YOUR story
to the court. Call anytime, day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. (800) 996-9747.