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Can a second failed drug test on court referral result in jail time?

Madison, AL |
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Yes. It will be up to court.

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It's never good to fail a drug test. Make sure you hire a competent criminal defense attorney familiar with the drug testing process and they may be able to pick it apart.

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Your best course of action is to seek the professional services of a qualified criminal defense attorney that is familiar with urine screening tests. The first point to recognize is the the initial screening test is not a forensic test but an enzymatic test. There are often quality control problems in enzymatic testing. The second point is that any forensic test will utilize gas chromatography with either flame ionization or mass spectral detection. A competent attorney will know how to read and analyze GC charts. Make sure that any attorney you consult is completely familiar with GC analysis.

Under Alabama law, a probation violation hearing is afforded due process, to include notice, an opportunity to be heard and present evidence, and the right to cross-examination. However, the standard of proof is quite low and only requires "to the reasonable satisfaction" of the Court. Your best course of action to retain the best criminal defense attorney that you can afford.

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