Need a DNA Test for Court? Make Sure it’s Legal.
From proving paternity in a custody and visitation case to a biological relationship to help one of your relatives immigrate legally to the US, 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.
Regardless of the situation, even if your test results prove what you want them to prove, if the test wasn’t performed and documented in a very specific way, it won’t be considered in court. While getting a home DNA test may seem tempting as a way to save money, it will not hold up in court and could cost you in the long run. That’s why it is imperative to select a testing company, like ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area, whose technicians are trained and certified to get your test results admitted into the court’s evidence.
In a legal test, all participants are tested in-person at a qualified lab. If all parties are not in the same area, ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area has many locations across the nation, so we can still perform the test in a court-approved manner because our chain of custody makes remote test results as reliable as those taken from samples in the same location.
Regardless of the situation, even if your test results prove what you want them to prove, if the test wasn’t performed and documented in a very specific way, it won’t be considered in court. At best, you’ve wasted time and money and will have to undergo another test under the proper procedures. At worst, you could miss your chance altogether and lose your case. That’s why it is so important to choose a testing company whose technicians are trained and certified to get your test results admitted into the court’s evidence. ARCpoint Labs technicians are highly trained in the the proper steps to make sure the court admits your DNA testing results.
In a legal test, all participants are tested in-person at a qualified lab. ARCpoint Labs’ qualified testing procedures and highly trained staff provide reliable, admissible test results that can be used in court. If all parties are not in the same area, ARCpoint Labs has many locations across the nation. Everyone does not have to go to the same place or be there at the same time. ARCpoint’s chain of custody procedures ensure that remote DNA testing is as reliable as if everyone came to the same location all together.
Chain of Custody Makes the Difference
One of the main criteria for deciding whether evidence can be used in court describes the matter of handling physical evidence in civil court and criminal cases. This is known as the “chain of custody.” The chain of custody procedure includes the following in regards to DNA testing:
- Specimen collection (buccal swab/cheek swab)
- Proper shipping, storage and results communication to and from the lab
- Paperwork and documents with DNA test results properly filled out
- Photos of everyone involved
- Signed consent from adults & legal guardians for minors
- Photo IDs of participants aged 18 and older
- Legal labeling and packaging
- Specimens shipping to testing laboratory directly through approved route
- 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
So, if you just want a DNA test done for personal reasons such as family history research, you may be wondering why you would want to spend the money on a legal DNA test. Investing in a court-admissible DNA test regardless of your situation can save you time and disappointment in the long run in case the information you get back requires legal action such as proving a right to an ancestor’s estate. In this situation, it is better to have the results on hand than to have to seek out a second test to learn what you already know. Choosing a legal DNA test from ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area is a safe way to guarantee accurate results that will be usable for any purpose you may need.