In NJ either the state police lab(s) will test the suspected narcotics or in counties with bigger budgets they will test in their own labs. Many municipal court prosecutors will not send suspected narcotics out to be tested unless you request a trial or specifically request the suspected drugs be tested because your defense is that the drugs were not really drugs at all. But the lab report has to be provided within a specific time period or it is barred. My position is that if the drugs were not tested, that is the prosecutors problem not my client’s. I request a trial. On the day of trial no lab = no drugs.
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I also concur with my colleagues. Mr. Cheser's advice about objecting is very important.
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