Tex. Code of Crim. Proc. Article 49.11
Chemical Analysis


A justice of the peace may obtain a chemical analysis of a sample taken from a body in order to determine whether death was caused, in whole or in part, by the ingestion, injection, or introduction into the body of a poison or other chemical substance. A justice may obtain a chemical analysis under this article from a chemist, toxicologist, pathologist, or other medical expert.


A justice of the peace shall obtain a chemical analysis under Subsection (a) of this article if requested to do so by the physician who performed an autopsy on the body.


The commissioners court shall pay a reasonable fee to a person who conducts a chemical analysis at the request of a justice of the peace.
Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 529, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Source: Article 49.11 — Chemical Analysis, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR.­49.­htm#49.­11 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

Art. 49.11’s source at texas​.gov