The validity and accuracy of blood test results are often disputed during OVI and DUI trials. In order to provide our clients with the best possible defense against drunk driving charges, Attorney Jon Saia recently completed a course in Forensic Chromatography. Understanding the complicated steps that are involved in properly testing blood alcohol levels will help Attorney Saia assess the legitimacy of the blood test evidence brought against our clients.
Attorney Saia completed the Hands-On Forensic Chromatography Course offered by ASC, which taught attendees about the proper way to complete blood alcohol testing and the potential flaws in the current procedures. Attorney Saia participated in a dozen different hands-on labs throughout the course, which gave him the opportunity to perform the testing steps himself. The course allowed Attorney Saia to gain immense knowledge of blood alcohol testing procedure that will greatly benefit our firm’s OVI and DUI clients.
“Blood alcohol testing is nowhere near the exact science that the government makes it out to be,” Attorney Saia pointed out. He explained that the blood is actually not the main component that is tested. “It is the headspace gases in the container to which the blood is transferred and it goes downhill from there for the government.” Many attorneys are unaware of this important distinction, and this lack of knowledge could potentially impact their ability to defend clients against intoxicated driving charges.
The value of the Forensic Chromatography Course cannot be overestimated. According to the course’s primary instructor, Dr. Lee Polite, MBA, PhD, “I guarantee you that by the end of this course, you will know more than 95% of the people who run gas chromatography on a daily basis.”
Dedication to Continued Education and Training
Attorney Saia and our team are committed to continued legal education and scientific training to further our knowledge and ability to provide clients with the best possible defense against OVI charges in Ohio. In addition to attending the ACS Hands-On Forensic Chromatography Course, Attorney Saia is certified as an instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) by the NHTSA, and is certified in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) by the NHTSA and IACP. He is also certified by National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc. in the operation, calibration, and diagnostic verification of the BAC DataMaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instruments.
Attorney Saia is recognized throughout the state as one of Ohio’s leading OVI defense lawyers, and has been included in the Ohio Super Lawyers® list in DUI Defense for nine years in a row, included in the Columbus Super Lawyers® Top 50 for three consecutive years, and named to The Best Lawyers in America from 2012 to 2015.
Our team at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. has more than 100 years of collective experience, and we are proud to offer free initial consultations. If you are in need of proven defense counsel for your drunk driving case, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled Ohio OVI lawyers today!