Our client came to us after being Show Caused for a violation of probation at the 16 District Court in Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan. The allegation against her was that she failed a drug test on two occasions. She had been on probation for a drug crime and retail fraud crime.
Drug Test Violation of Probation
Our client was drug testing 4 times per week for common drugs through JAMS at the Taylor location and occasionally Novi.
The allegation was that she had failed her drug test because she provided a diluted sample. The way drug testing companies such as JAMS test for this is by looking at a person’s creatinine and specific gravity.
Creatinine is a waste product of creatine, which is an amino acid found in muscle tissue and urine. A person may attempt to pass a drug test by drinking large amounts of water or diuretics such as herbal teas to “clean out” the system. Creatinine and specific gravity are two ways to check for dilution and cleaning, which are the most common way to circumvent drug testing. Low creatinine and specific gravity levels may indicate diluted urine. The absence of creatinine is suggestive of a specimen not consistent with human urine. The accepted level for creatinine in a male is 40-300 mg/dl and 37-250 for females.
Specific gravity tests for sample dilution. The normal range for specific gravity is from 1.003 to 1.030. Values outside this range could indicate specimen dilution or tampering.
Drug Test Violation Lawyer
Our client was smart and hired us to defend her at the violation or probation hearing.
Creatine levels as low as 17 can be common. It is also generally accepted that there are people out there that naturally have dilute urine.
A more simple cause of dilute urine is that the person drinks water prior to testing so they can urinate – imagine that!
Probation Violation Dismissed in Livonia
The probation agent in this case was receptive and willing to listen. She saw that there had been no dirty drug test and that the test in this case was only indicative of slight dilution. The probation violation was dismissed and our client walked out of court happy. We didn’t even have to go in front of the judge.
If you have been charged with a violation or probation due to drug testing or for some other reason contact criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria today (734) 453-7806.