The Forensic Science Geek of the Week
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The week 58 “www.TheTruthAboutForensicScience.com Forensic Science Geek of the Week” honors goes to:
According to his website: “Eric Ganci focuses his practice exclusively on DUI defense. Many, many lawyers do not understand the specifics regarding field sobriety tests, absorption and elimination of alcohol into your body, and variables with breath and blood tests. And many more lawyers are scared to take DUI cases to trial because of lack of experience and education with DUI cases.
Eric is a proud San Diego DUI trial attorney. He is trained in standardized field sobriety tests, at the officer and instructor level, and is qualified to teach police officers DUI procedures and standardized field sobriety testing. Eric is also a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), where he attended the NCDD Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School. In addition, Eric researched and wrote for the supplement of “California Drunk Driving Defense,” considered California’s “DUI Bible.”
In 2010, Eric was awarded as a San Diego Daily Transcript 2010 Young Attorney Finalist, and in 2011 he was awarded the San Diego County Bar Association Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer. See his Results page for recent DUI victories.
Eric focuses on the fundamentals of personal interaction, including taking your phone calls and always returning calls/emails within a 24 hour business day. It seems simple, but unfortunately this is a lost art.” Also he is a recent graduate of the week-long hands-on 2011 ACS Forensic Chromatography III class held at Axion Labs, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.
Congratulations to our Forensic Science Geek of the Week winner!
- Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge
1. What is shown in this photo?
2. What is the name of the technique?
3. What are the steps in the process?
Our Geek of the Week answered:
1. What is shown in this photo? The device to check drag factor.
2. What is the name of the technique? Drag factoring
3. What are the steps in the process? Kneel down. Gather a crowd. And drag factor-check away.
The friction between the tires and the road surface can be used to calculate the stopping distance of a vehicle or to estimate the speed of a vehicle in certain cases. Police investigators must be trained to identify and document tire marks found at the scene of auto accidents to use as evidence.
- The drag factor of the road surface must be measured with certain precautions:
- sled must be pulled next to skid mark
- sled must be pulled in the same direction as motion
- scale should be calibrated for accuracy – make sure it originally reads zero
- scale must be pulled parallel to the ground
- lowest value gives minimum estimate of speed (benefit to defendant)
- The drag factor of the road equals the pulling force on the sled divided by the weight of the sled.
- The drag factor depends on the amount of moisture on the road, and may depend on when it last rained.
- The size and weight of the vehicle does not significantly affect its braking distance.
- Tire tread depth does not significantly affect braking distance on dry pavements.
- Tire pressures create a little difference in braking distance unless they are extreme.
The Hall of Fame for the www.TheTruthAboutForensicScience.com Forensic Science Geek of the Week:
Week 1: Chuck Ramsay, Esquire
Week 2: Rick McIndoe, PhD
Week 3: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 4: Stephen Daniels
Week 5: Stephen Daniels
Week 6: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire
Week 7: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 8: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 9: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 11: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 12: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 13: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 14: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 16: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 17: Joshua Dale, Esquire
Week 18: Glen Neeley, Esquire
Week 19: Amanda Bynum, Esquire
Week 20: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 21: Glen Neeley, Esquire
Week 22: Stephen Daniels
Week 23: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 24: Bobby Spinks
Week 25: Jon Woolsey, Esquire
Week 26: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 27: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire
Week 28:Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 29: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 30: C. Jeffrey Sifers, Esquire
Week 31: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 32: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 33: Andy Johnston
Week 34: Ralph R. Ristenbatt, III
Week 35: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 36: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 37: Jeffrey Benson
Week 38: Pam King, Esquire
Week 39: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 40: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.
WEEK 41: UNCLAIMED, IT COULD BE YOU!
Week 42: Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire
Week 43:Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 44: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 45: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 46:Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 47:Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 47:Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 48: Leslie M. Sammis, Esquire
Week 49: UNCLAIMED, IT COULD BE YOU!
Week 50: Jeffery Benson
Week 51: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 52: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 53: Eric Ganci, Esquire
Week 55: Joshua Andor, Esquire
Week 56: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 57: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 58: Eric Ganci, Esquire