Need a DNA Test for Court? Make Sure it’s Legal.
In cases of needing to prove paternity to earn child support or custody and visitation or a biological relationship to help a loved one immigrate to America, to collect Social Security benefits or receive an inheritance from the estate of one of your relatives, DNA test results can be vital evidence in court. Yet, for this evidence to be beneficial, all participants must be tested in a legally qualified lab, so cheap options such as at home tests are worthless in the court of law.
ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North can provide legal testing in collaboration with other nationwide locations to ensure that results are court-admissible even if test subjects are unable to visit the same location. We have well trained staff and technicians that follow a strict chain of custody for the collection and documentation of each test, making sure to meet all requirements of the court system.
Chain of Custody Makes the Difference
The phrase “chain of custody” is used to describe a particular method of handling any kind of physical evidence used in criminal or civil court cases. Courts use this as a factor in determining whether evidence can be used in a case. With DNA testing results, the chain of custody procedure includes the following:
- Photos of everyone involved
- Proper shipping, storage and results communication to and from the lab
- Signed consent from adults & legal guardians for minors
- Specimen collection (buccal swab/cheek swab)
- Photo IDs of participants aged 18 and older
- Legal labeling and packaging
- Specimens ship to testing laboratory directly through approved route
- 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
Sometimes things don’t turn out like we plan. Even if you are only seeking results of a DNA test for personal information, such as family research, the results may require legal action down the road. One possible scenario is if the results reveal a lineage that linked you rights of an ancestor’s inheritance. Instead of going through the process of testing twice, choose ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North from the beginning so you are prepared for whatever follow-up action the test results may trigger.
Get a Confidential, Accurate Legal DNA Test at ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North
ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North 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 Austin, TX North today.