New information about forensic testing flaws at two of the country’s most prestigious institutions has surfaced. The circumstances are being investigated by police, and several persons have been arrested.
Samples are handled by Randox Testing Services (RTS) and Trimega Laboratories in some of the most high-profile criminal and family law cases, with the accuracy of the tests being critical to those facing criminal charges for offences ranging from drunk driving to murder.
Minister for the Home Office, Nick Hurd, informed parliament:
‘The majority of RTS drug tests from 2013 to 2017 are being regarded as potentially unreliable.’ When investigating criminal offences, individual police units primarily used RTS.’
It’s possible that the results of up to 10,000 tests will be called into doubt.
Is Your Conviction in Good Standing?
If your conviction was based entirely or substantially on the accuracy of forensic tests, you should seek additional legal counsel.
While the Crown Prosecution Service will conduct a review of criminal cases, this will take time, and many will ask whether the entity that brought the prosecution in the first place is best suited to make judgements about whether a conviction is safe or not.
Those who have been affected may wish to examine whether additional forensic testing is necessary, as well as whether or not they have grounds for an appeal. All convictions will have to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Even if your cases did not include the two laboratories under investigation, the controversy shines a light on the shadowy world of forensic testing and casts suspicion on the conclusions of other forensic testing companies.
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Regardless of whether we handled your case at the outset, our skilled team of lawyers has the knowledge and experience to ensure that your conviction is unquestionably safe.
If you believe you were wrongly convicted due to faulty forensic testing, at Levy & Co Solicitors we can help!
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We ensure we keep up to date with any changes in legislation and case law so that we are always best placed to advise you properly. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your case, please contact our team of criminal defence specialists on: 01376 511819