DNA Cases

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 government’s arguments.

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.