Embassy Suites by Hilton LAX South
1440 East Imperial Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245

Saturday November 23, 2019

— AIJIC members: $100
— Non-members: $120
— Door registration: $150

Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (one hour for lunch)

Presenter: Jose Gonzalez, criminalist at the LAPD and court qualified expert in several areas of forensic science.

— All languages
— Free parking
— Complimentary coffee/tea
— Refunds no later than 11/20/2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm: Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credits)
Forensic science is the application of science to the law. Forensic scientists collect, preserve and analyze scientific evidence as it pertains to ongoing criminal investigations. A key aspect of their work is their testimony as expert witnesses in court. If the cases go to trial, they will testify in court about the work they did and what their conclusions were. This presentation covers some of the more common areas as encountered by criminalists and terminology related to their work, which is of paramount importance for interpreters tasked with interpreting their testimony in a court proceeding: crime scene investigation, latent prints, electronics, polygraphs, forensic toxicology, trace analysis, arson investigations, questioned documents, firearms analysis, biology/dna analysis, the role of canines in investigations.

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Forensic Drug Chemistry/Narcotics/ Controlled Substances (3 credits)
Forensic chemistry deals with physical evidence by chemical means to solve a crime. Drug- related crime permeates all levels of society and knows no boundaries. Almost every conceivable type of drug is encountered in the streets, both old and new. This presentation covers the following areas of controlled substances and terminology related to them, which is of paramount importance for interpreters tasked with interpreting criminalist testimony in a court proceeding: CA Health and Safety Code and DEA scheduling, cannabis (marijuana), including its morphology, synthetic cannabis analysis, concentration techniques and typical forms encountered on the streets, other psychedelic drugs, both natural/plant sourced and synthetic/man-made, depressants, including heroin and opioid fentanyl which is now being encountered with escalating frequency, sedative hypnotics, including Xanax and GHB, stimulants (including various forms of cocaine and methamphetamine), cutting agents, clandestine pills, instrumental and non-instrumental techniques used in this type of analysis.

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