Forensic Science Fee Schedule

WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Forensic Science Division 
FEE SCHEDULE

The Forensic Science Division contracts with other agencies to provide forensic and investigative services.  Forensic services are available to law enforcement agencies only.   Fees to user agencies are offered through annual contracts or a pay per service option.  The contract fees are offered with Option A which is full service, or Option B which includes all services with the exception of crime scene and photo lab.  Toxicology services are not included with contract fees and are invoiced seperately.  These contract fees are based on the agencies 3 year prior history of use.  Option C is a pay by the hour for those agencies that do not wish to enter into an annual contract. 

The fee schedule is listed below in the following order:

LABORATORY SECTION ............................................................                Contact: Trish Beckman, 328-2800

PHOTO LABORATORY  ..............................................................                 Contact: Sgt Mike Lyford, 328-2800

REQUEST FOR RECORDS FROM THE PUBLIC .................                 Contact: Trish Beckman, 328-2800

TESTIMONY FEE SCHEDULE  .................................................                 Contact: Renee Romero, 328-2800

TOXICOLOGY ...............................................................................                 Contact: Karyl Brown, 328-2800

LABORATORY SECTION

Option C - Fee Schedule

Crime Scene Investigation                                                                                            $250.00/hour per investigator

Restricted to:  homicide, attempted homicide, officer involved shootings, questionable deaths with detective on scene,  kidnapping, child abuse, sexual assault with substantial bodily injury or unknown suspect, battery with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily injury, armed robbery with substantial bodily injury, bank robbery with substantial bodily injury, robbery,  fatal traffic accidents when vehicular homicide is suspected, serial crimes, homicide autopsy

The FIS Sergeant will determine the number of investigators needed based on the case information.  Calls outside of the Reno area will always require a minimum of 2 investigators.  Calls for homicide and officer involved shootings will require a minimum of 3 investigators

Presumptive Stain Characterization                                                                                $250.00/hour

  • Blood
  • Human Blood
  • Saliva
  • Seminal fluid (absence of sperm cells)
  • Determination of human vs animal hair and suitability of hair for DNA testing

Confirmatory Stain Characterization                                                                               $250.00/hour

  • Semen (presence of sperm cells)
  • Seminal fluid (absence of sperm cells)

DNA Analysis                                                                                                                         $250.00/hour

  • Homicide (up to 15 evidentiary samples and 10 reference samples)
  • Sexual Crimes (with presence of sperm up to 3 evidentiary samples and 5 reference samples)
  • Sexual Crimes (absence of sperm up to 5 evidentiary samples and 5 reference samples)
  • Crimes against a person (up to 4 evidentiary samples and 5 reference samples)
  • Property crimes (up to 2 evidentiary samples and 5 reference samples)

Firearms/Toolmark Examinations                                                                                   $250.00/hour

  • Distance determination
  • Comparative analysis
  • Weapon function test
  • Serial number restoration

Latent Print                                                                                                                           $250.00/hour

  • Traditional / Chemical processing
  • Latent Evaluation
  • WIN/AFIS database
  • Comparative analysis

Shoeprint and Tire track Comparison                                                           $250.00/hour

Controlled Substances                                          $250.00/hour

Trace Evidence                                                       $250.00/hour

  • Fire Debris (Arson)

PHOTO LABORATORY

 

The Photo Laboratory is all digital. We no longer process images to print format.

Upon request, contract option A agencies and public agencies within Washoe County will receive a CD of case photographs free of charge.  Additional CD’s are available at $25.00 per disc.

For agencies with an option B or C contract there is a $25 per CD fee.  Fees will be invoiced.

Private entities may also request photographs.  There is a $25 per CD fee.  Payment is due at the time of the request for all private entities.  

REQUEST FOR RECORDS FROM THE PUBLIC

Release of public records is governed by Nevada Revised Statute 239.010.  According to Donrey of Nevada Inc. v Bradshaw laboratory reports are confidential records and require a court order before release to un-authorized personnel.

Sexual Assault cases are confidential under NRS 200.377; NRS 200.3771; NRS 200.3772; NRS 200.3773 and NRS 41.1398.  The existence of such records cannot be confirmed or denied.  It is also the position of the Division that records in sexual assault cases would be deemed confidential under the balancing test set forth in Donrey of Nevada Inc v Bradshaw, 106 NEV.630,798 P.2d 144 (1990).

Request for information or records from the public will be responded to within the five (5) business days as mandated by Nevada Revised Statute 239

 Requests for DIscovery Information

Once the case work examination is completed, a report is released to the investigating law enforcement agency. The law enforcement agency is responsible for sending the laboratory report to the prosecution. 

  • Requests for case notes, calibration documents, or procedure manuals will be released via court order.  Limited documentation may be released without a court order if an agreement exists between the prosecution and defense for the release of information and the request is deemed reasonable and not burdensome to the FSD staff. 
  • Court orders for records must have been filed with a Nevada court and the document must contain a court seal or filing date on the document.  Identical copies of the requested documents will be sent to the defense attorney and the prosecuting attorney
  • Request for case notes, calibration documents, or procedure manuals will be release upon request and per the fee schedule below. 

Fee Schedule:   $100/hour will be charged for any time exceeding the first hour of document preparation or viewing, including administrative time. 

Discovery Processing:   Generally, a basic discovery request for the case packet can be completed within one hour at no charge. The typical content of the discovery packet is a copy of the report; case notes; and an electronic chain of custody for all toxicology testing.  Requests for control data, procedure manuals, equipment maintenance, or calibration information requires additional time and normally will take more than one hour of preparation.  Requests for “Breath Test” packets can also be completed within one hour and no charge is incurred.  Time processing discovery requests on the same case will be compounded and any time after the first hour will be charged accordingly. 

Voluminous Requests:   Should the extent of the documentation requested be too “voluminous” to be practical, the FSD Director will determine what resources will be deployed to comply with the request.   We offer the option to view the documents at the FSD.  All document viewing must be escorted by a Division member as provided for in NRS 239.055.

 

TESTIMONY FEE SCHEDULE

Effective July 1, 2010

 

This section applies to all court proceedings outside of Washoe County regardless of the Law Enforcement Forensic Contract Option. 

The Forensic Science Division provides expert testimony for results of our own testing or crime scene investigation only.  Expert testimony includes preparation time, travel time, waiting time, and testimony time outside the Washoe County area.  Travel expenses such as flights and lodging must be paid up front and not encumbered by a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office employee.   Sheriff’s Office vehicles will not always be available for travel for long distances and it will be the requestor’s responsibility to arrange for flights.

In the event that video or phone testimony can be utilized there will be no charges for testimony.

Fee Schedule

$100/hour per person, with a maximum $1000/day plus any travel expenses

TOXICOLOGY FEE SCHEDULE

 

Blood Alcohol/Volatiles   $50

Blood Drug Screen          $100

Blood Panel 2                   $100

Urine Drug Screen           $100

Urine Panel 2                    $100    

Phlebotomist Fees          $25     

Sample Received/Test Cancelled*  $25
A minimum charge of $25 for document processing, evidence handling and storage will be billed for any Blood or Urine kit submitted to the lab.

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Testing (Contact the laboratory for current pricing)                      Drug facilitated sexual assault cases will be sent to a contracted laboratory or to a laboratory of your choice. 
 

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