As you can probably guess, DNA labs are especially important when it comes to gathering evidence in criminal cases. DNA can be helpful in solving crimes in many ways, especially in cases where forensic evidence makes or breaks a case.
In criminal cases, DNA can help determine your innocence. This makes it important that there be labs available that can carry out their end of the process and provide the testing that hundreds of cases in our area are dependent on. Furthermore, this testing has to be done accurately and according to certain standards.
Issues Surrounding an Austin Police DNA Lab
According to recent data, DNA testing has proven that tens of thousands of prime suspects were actually wrongly accused. This is the primary reason that the recent announcement of an Austin PD DNA lab closing is quite problematic. For Austin residents, a closed DNA crime lab can lead to a more complicated path to proving your innocence.
Although Austin leaders have been urged to find a way to reopen the crime lab, it is currently planned to be closed for at least a few months—up to as late as mid-2018. The Austin Public Safety Commission approved a resolution urging the council to find a resolution within six months.
Reasons for the Closing
One of the reasons for the lab’s closure was because of revelations that the staff was not using accepted practices for DNA analysis, which rightfully raised concerns. During the time that the lab is closed, the council will work on determining why the lab failed, implement recommendations, and hire and train new scientists. This process could take over a year to complete.
Austin Criminal Defense Attorneys
Both the questionable lab practices and the closure of the lab further demonstrate the importance of having an experienced legal team on your side when you are facing any type of criminal charges.
If you or someone you know has questions or concerns regarding DNA evidence and its relation to a criminal matter, contact the defense attorneys of Tillman Braniff, PLLC. Simply give us a call at 512-236-0505 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.