About ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist John Thurston from Kansas
Kansas lawyer John Thurston has extensive training and experience on both sides of a DUI case. He is one of the few defense attorneys in Northeast Kansas who has received actual law enforcement training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and DUI investigation. Twice he has completed the 40-hour DUI training given to every law enforcement officer in Kansas. He is also one of the few attorneys in Kansas to have been trained as an actual instructor in this course. John has also undergone the government’s Drug Recognition Expert training, the coursework designed to determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs, rather than alcohol.
John is one of only a few attorneys in the entire state who has completed the American Chemical Society’s Forensic Chromatography: Theory and Practice course. This intensive and rigorous course focuses on the theories behind blood alcohol testing. In addition to the classroom work, a large portion of the course takes place in a chromatography lab preparing and analyzing samples in the same manner as a crime lab. He has also completed the Forensic Drug Analysis and Forensic DUID courses. In addition he completed the Forensic DNA course in Boise, Idaho, taught by the nationally recognized DNA expert, Greg Hampikian.
John is licensed in both Kansas and Texas and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Chemical Society. He is a member of the permanent faculty of Trial Skills University. John is a Charter Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. He proudly serves as that organization’s Vice President.