Court Ordered Urine Tests
Courts must act on facts, and judges and juries make decisions based on these facts. Urine tests are commonly ordered by courts to prove or disprove that a person is using drugs. There is no arguing with a urine test because if the results are positive, the urine will be tested again to confirm the positive result. Of course, retesting would not produce valid results of earlier drug use since most drugs would have left their system by then.
Courts can order urine drug tests in certain cases, such as in custody battles when one spouse claims that the other is using drugs. In difficult divorce cases, both spouses may be tested for drug use if they accuse one another of using drugs. In addition, those who have been convicted of drug possession and are on probation are required to stay off drugs or alcohol as a condition of their probation. If they break the probation by using these substances, the person may face jail time. Court ordered urine tests are also often ordered by the judge if a person is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. The offender may be placed on probation and required to produce a certain number of negative tests before the probation is removed.
Those on probation who do not produce negative urine samples can have serious repercussions, such as remaining on probation for a longer period of time or they could even spend time in jail for breaking their probation. Courts normally order a person on probation to produce a certain number of clean urine tests within a period of weeks or month, such as four negative tests within a six month period. Random drug tests are required, and if the convicted drug abuser does not comply with these, he or she will face jail time or other strict consequences.
Urine tests are not as reliable and are not used as often to prove whether or not alcohol has been used. The main problem with urine testing for alcohol consumption is that the alcohol leaves the body rather quickly. A person could have had a few drinks two or three days before the test and it would not show up. For this reason, if a driver is in a wreck or causes harm to another person, a breath test for alcohol content in the body is usually given on the spot at the accident.
Many times courts order those who have been convicted of DUIs to have random urine tests, however, because if a person has been drinking at night and is called the next morning to appear for a random urine test, the test will reveal alcohol in the urine. Alcohol will generally show up in a urine test for six to twenty-four hours after it has been consumed. A person who is on probation may need to wear a bracelet that will notify a probation officer if the person has consumed any alcohol.
Urine tests for drugs are very reliable. They will show many forms of drugs that a person has taken. For this reason, they are often ordered by the court to be used as solid evidence of whether or not a person is a drug user.
Source by Jerry Cantrell