Court Admissible vs. Non-Court Admissible DNA Testing
If you’re interested in DNA testing, you may be unsure if you should use a mail order DNA test kit or opt for court admissible DNA testing in a lab setting.
While DIY DNA test kits may seem appealing, there’s more you should know about court admissible DNA testing at ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga and what benefits it offers over informal DNA testing.
To learn more about court admissible DNA testing, read on below, or contact ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga at (423) 509-8933!
What is Court Admissible DNA Testing?
Court admissible DNA testing is the only type of DNA testing that can be brought forth as evidence in legal cases. Unlike non-lab based DNA testing, court admissible DNA testing at ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga is conducted following chain of custody collections procedures. This ensures that all DNA specimens collected are thoroughly documented and well-handled, preventing slip-ups that could jeopardize judicial proceedings.
Chain of Custody DNA collection requires:
- Photo IDs of participants aged 18 and older
- Photos of everyone involved
- 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
All judicial courts require chain of custody to determine the validity of the court admissible DNA testing results. Court admissible DNA testing ensures:
- The individual in question’s DNA is tested and accurately reported.
- The specimen was not substituted or manipulated.
- The DNA sample integrity is maintained and valid results are obtained.
Court admissible DNA testing is a strict legal process. ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga follows all legal guidelines, and ensuring that DNA testing results are valid in court. To learn more about our court admissible DNA testing, call ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga at @PHONE NUMBER@ today.
What is Non-court Admissible DNA testing?
Because they are conducted without chain of custody documentation, non-court admissible DNA testing results are not able to be used in court. If a DNA test is requested for personal use only, strict adherence to legal processes are not required. Identity documentation is not required, nor is completing legal papers and taking other steps that are required with court admissible DNA testing.
Why Opt for Court Admissible DNA testing?
We encourage all clients to choose court admissible DNA testing regardless of circumstances. There are many reasons why using court admissible DNA testing is preferable:
- You don’t know what your DNA test results will reveal. Even if you pursue DNA testing for purely informational purposes, you might find something out that requires legal action — in which case you will have to start all over again with court admissible DNA testing.
- Court admissible DNA testing at ARCpoint Labs is conducted by DNA testing experts who ensure that all specimens are properly handled and all test results are accurate.
Court admissible DNA testing results from ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga are valuable for many situations, including:
- Child Support
- Life insurance
- Estate Matters
- Tax forms
- Birth certificates
Get court admissible DNA testing today; just walk in to be seen today, or call (423) 509-8933 or contact ARCpoint Labs of Chattanooga!