Handling and processing evidence is an integral component of crime scene management because it lays the foundation for everything the court must consider when weighing the admissibility of evidence. For the most part, the courts prefer testing being carried out in a laboratory setting. However, there are exceptions, such as times when an initial examination also yields valuable information. In this assignment, you will differentiate between testing that might be done on-scene versus in the laboratory, identify testing that might be subject to preliminary testing, as well as compare the different results yielded by preliminary field versus laboratory testing. Support your assignment with examples from this weekâ€™s required material(s) and/or a minimum of three other scholarly or credible resources and properly cite any references.
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In your paper, address the following:
Identify what types of evidence might be subjected to preliminary or field testing.
Describe at least two types of testing that might be done on scene.
Differentiate between why some evidence can and should be subjected to preliminary testing on scene, while other types should not.
Explain how the on-scene test compares to laboratory testing.
Compare and contrast the results yielded by preliminary field versus laboratory testing.
Compare and contrast the admissibility of on-scene versus laboratory testing at trial.
The Difference Between Preliminary Field and Laboratory Testing paper
Must be 750 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centerâ€™s APA Style (Links to an external site.).
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
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Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
Must use at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed, and/or credible sources in addition to the course text.
Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centerâ€™s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
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