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Xavier Becerra ~ Attorney General

Forensic Alcohol Interpretation

Forensic Alcohol Interpretation

Class Code
Subject Area
T - Toxicology Program
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 Instructors
Teaching Methods
Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, drinking/correlation experiments.
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.
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.
Pre-class reading material may be assigned.
Materials Fee
Tuition No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $120.00 per day tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.
Course Contact
Neda Khoshkebari, (916) 695-1808, (916) 695-1800

Location Start Date
Rancho Cordova 09/24/18 08:00 AM

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