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Forensic Alcohol Interpretation

Class Code: 
T108

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
TBA or Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, California State University Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This four-day class (32 hours) presents scientific principles useful for understanding effects that alcohol can have on a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Topics to be addressed include: a) Overview of value and purpose of forensic alcohol analysis; b) Pharmacology, toxicology, and physiology of alcohol; c) Widmark hypothesis; d) Impairment; e) Field sobriety tests; f) Legal aspects of alcohol analysis; g) Common courtroom challenges; h) A practical drinking correlation experiment; i) Hypothetical questions regarding drinking scenarios.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, drinking/correlation experiments.
Objectives: 
Students will understand better how impairment relates to blood alcohol concentration; absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in humans; the design and execution of drinking/correlation experiments; how California regulations address alcohol and impaired drivers.
Prerequisites: 
Competence with forensic analysis of alcohol in blood, breath and urine. Familiarity with chemical properties of alcohol, general physiology, and legal statutes regulating driving with alcohol.
Preparation: 
Pre-class reading material may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
$0
Tuition: 
No cost to California public laboratory personnel. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applications. Checks may be made payable to CA State Department of Justice.

Course Contact:

More Information: 

Call: (916) 464-0600

Schedule of Classes:

Locationsort descending Date(s)
Rancho Cordova 2015 (tent.)

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