Ch 9: Forensic Toxicology

About This Chapter

The fun and engaging lessons in this self-paced chapter can help you gain full comprehension of forensic toxicology. Explore these lessons and take the multiple-choice quizzes to enhance your ability to excel on a class assignment, project or test.

Forensic Toxicology - Chapter Summary

Study the basics of forensic toxicology and how it is used in crime investigations by reviewing short lessons developed by expert instructors. This chapter is designed to boost your knowledge of key forensic toxicology concepts like alcohol metabolism and alcohol breath testing. Access this chapter at your convenience using any computer, smartphone or tablet, and use our mini quizzes and practice exam to gauge your comprehension of the lessons. If you develop questions during your studies, feel free to submit them to our subject-matter experts. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define and discuss the purpose of forensic toxicology
  • Describe the process and effects of alcoholic metabolism
  • Detail procedures for alcoholic breath testing
  • Share procedures for testing blood alcohol levels
  • Discuss the facts, case brief and decision of Schmerber v. California

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: Forensic Toxicology
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Forensic Toxicology: Definition & Purpose

1. Forensic Toxicology: Definition & Purpose

Forensic toxicology is often used to solve crimes. This lesson will explain what forensic toxicology is and the purpose of forensic toxicology as it relates to homicide or suicide investigations involving harmful substances.

Alcohol Metabolism: Process & Effects

2. Alcohol Metabolism: Process & Effects

Alcohol is broken down in the liver with the help of enzymes. Learn how alcohol is converted to the toxic byproduct acetaldehyde before being oxidized into acetate with help from the enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase in this lesson.

Alcohol Breath Testing Procedures

3. Alcohol Breath Testing Procedures

This lesson will discuss the different procedures for alcohol breath testing in the United States. It will introduce the use of fuel cell and infrared technologies and explain some situations in which each is used.

Blood Alcohol Level Testing Procedures

4. Blood Alcohol Level Testing Procedures

Blood alcohol level testing is considered to be the most accurate way to test for the presence of alcohol. This lesson will look at the different ways to test for alcohol and discuss proper procedures for blood alcohol testing.

Schmerber v. California: Case Brief, Decision & Facts

5. Schmerber v. California: Case Brief, Decision & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about the U.S. Supreme Court case Schmerber v. California and its precedent for Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment case law.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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