When You Are Facing A Court Ordered Urine Analysis
There are a number of reasons that a court may order someone to undergo a urine analysis. This is not only a thing in criminal courts, but can be seen in family and civil court as well. Whether or not you have used substances that could show up on such a test, it can feel very demeaning and add to stress, but it is crucial to follow the order, no matter what kind of case you are facing.
All courts are different, so you may be able to choose where you do the UA, or you may be given directions on where and when the testing must occur. In most cases you can expect that during the test you will be led to a bathroom and allowed to urinate in private, but asked to not flush the toilet or run the water. In some cases, however, you may be supervised while using the washroom and may or may not be watched.
The different protocols are used depending on whether or not you are suspected of tampering with the test and whether or not the different means are legal in the area that you in. It is important that you follow all rules that are given to you or else your test’s results may be put into question. While the whole situation may feel demeaning, it is something that you must do if the court has ordered it or else you could be held in contempt and possibly even jailed.
If you do use illegal substances there are some things that you should know about what the tests can find. A urine test can find marijuana for up to 30 days, depending on how often you use the substance. Most other drugs, however, can only be found for a few days after the last use, including opiates. If you have not used any opiates in the three days prior to the test you should come up clean, however, with marijuana you can come up positive for a much longer time frame. This is especially true if you are regular user.
If you are confident that you will come up dirty or just have a concern that you will there are a number of ways to clean out your system. These are often referred to as detoxes. If you choose to use one of these products you will want to follow the directions on them very closely. You will also want to do research to confirm that the product is known to work. Some can be very expensive, but have a guarantee that they will do what they claim. The last thing you want is to pay a great deal for it to result in you testing positive for a substance.
Being forced by the court to submit to a urine analysis can be very stressful. It is important to follow through as ordered to ensure you do not face further problems. Use the information above as you navigate through the process.