Need a DNA Test for Court? Make Sure it’s Legal.
There are many situations in which DNA evidence could be helpful or even imperative to winning your case in court or in a hearing by a government agency. Maybe you need to prove paternity in a custody and visitation case. Maybe you need to prove paternity to collect child support. Maybe you need to prove a biological relationship to help one of your relatives immigrate legally to the US, or maybe you need to prove a blood relationship to collect Social Security benefits or receive an inheritance from the estate of one of your relatives.
In any court proceeding, your DNA test results are worthless if they aren’t reliable enough to be admissible in court. Where you choose to get your test and how it is processed matters. You may be tempted to get a less expensive home test. But you could end up costing yourself much more in the long run.
Chain of Custody Makes the Difference
“Chain of custody” is a phrase used to describe a particular method of handling any kind of physical evidence used in criminal or civil court cases. Showing that evidence has been processed using a proper chain of custody is one required factor courts use to determine if it can be used in the case. With DNA testing results, the chain of custody procedure includes the following:
- Photo IDs of participants aged 18 and older
- Photos of everyone involved
- Signed consent from adults & legal guardians for minors
- Specimen collection (buccal swab/cheek swab)
- Legal labeling and packaging
- Specimens ship to testing laboratory directly through approved route
- Proper shipping, storage and results communication to and from the lab
- Paperwork and documents with DNA test results properly filled out
- DNA specimen processed by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) certified laboratory
Informational vs. Legal DNA Test – Why You Should Get a Legal DNA Test
What if you just want genetic information for personal reasons, such as family history research? Is a legal DNA test really necessary in this case? Why invest in a legally admissible DNA test even if you aren’t planning on going to court?
Investing in a court admissible DNA test regardless of your situation can save you time, headaches and needless disappointment in the long run. There are always circumstances we can’t foresee or control. Choosing a legal DNA test now will prevent you from having to complete another court-admissible test in the future. For example, you could get results back and find out something about your lineage that requires legal action, like a claim to an estate or other legal claims. If you used a DNA test that is not adequate to prove your claim legally, you will be required to complete another legally admissible DNA test.
Choose a legal DNA test from ARCpoint Labs of Martinez at the start, and avoid wasting time and money.
Get a Confidential, Accurate Legal DNA Test at ARCpoint Labs of Martinez
ARCpoint Labs of Martinez DNA testing services strictly adhere to varying requirements in each jurisdiction, ensuring admissibility in court and reliability in your other business applications. To learn more about our court admissible DNA testing, contact ARCpoint Labs of Martinez today.