Drug Tests & Urinalysis
Military Criminal Defense Lawyer
In an effort to ensure that military members about not under the influence of any controlled substances or illicit drugs, the Department of Defense (DOD) requires that military members undergo a urine test on a regular basis. For members of active duty, this requires that they to submit to a random urinalysis at least once every year; for those who are members of either the Guard or the Reserves, the test can be done at intervals as long as every two years. This has led to the Department of Defense labs having over 60,000 urine samples coming through their doors on a monthly basis - ensuring that the armed services are always clean.
Explanation of the Drug Test Process
There are several safeguards in place that are supposed to ensure that the test is completed as accurately as possible. For example, it is legally required that the process of giving the sample is watched carefully - meaning that the urine is seen leaving the body and entering into the canister. After the sample has been given, it will then be labeled and the chain of custody will begin. This will be signed for every person who comes in contact with the sample.
Once the sample is sent to the DOD lab, it will be screened using the Olympus AU-800 Automated Chemistry Analyzer. If it is given a clean reading, then it is moved forward. If it comes back positive for drugs within the system, it will be run through again. Two positive readings will cause the sample to move forward to a more detailed test; in this, it will set a threshold for certain drugs (such as cocaine, marijuana and more) and test it again. Even these standards, which seem rigorous, can be violated. Having an attorney who knows and understands this process will be invaluable for an effective defense.
Have you been charged with failing the drug test?
Just because your drug test has come back with a positive reading does not mean that you are out of luck. There are defenses that can be utilized to help protect your legal rights - and specific legal actions that can be pursued by a defense attorney that is well-versed in the intricate nature of the military drug tests. At the Federal Practice Group, we are dedicated to doing just that. We know what is on the line with criminal charges of this nature and we are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to providing our clients with the reliable legal assistance that they deserve.
Should you choose to work with us, we will fight to determine whether you were falsely slipped the drug, whether you were given a substance and lied to about its nature or even if there was an error in the test. No matter how daunting the circumstances, you can be confident knowing that we will not back down and will mount the most comprehensive defense possible in our efforts to help you protect yourself against the consequences of a failed drug test.
If you have failed your military drug test, you do not have a moment to lose. By getting the involvement of a military criminal lawyer, you will be able to take the necessary steps towards defending your legal rights and fighting for your fair amount of compensation. At our firm, we know what is at stake for members of the military who find themselves criminally charged and we are prepared to do everything that we can to help our clients obtain the desirable outcome that they deserve. So do not hesitate to get the involvement of a military criminal attorney from our firm at once. Contact a military criminal defense lawyer from our team to learn more!