5280 Drug Testing specializes in Drug & Alcohol Testing & Results Interpretation for Custody Evaluators, Parenting Coordinators, CFI's, PRE's, Mediators, Lawyers, Probation Officers & Judges.

Custody and Parental Evaluation Testing:

We provide services to family law practices, the Court, parental evaluators (PRE’s), Child and Family Investigators (CFI’s) and others whose duty it is to make sure that a child is safe despite challenges happening in the family.  Divorce and other family challenges often create anxiety and fear in the children living in the home. Kids who feel unsafe, unsure, or unhappy sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol for coping.  Oftentimes, this behavior has already been modeled in the home so it seems the next natural step in the progression of adolescence and coping with the magnitude of challenges that are often associated with this period of life.  As a parent, it is your absolute obligation to keep your child safe.  Drug/ Alcohol testing during both challenging times and not, is a great tool to make sure your child is on the right path.  If not, you can help to provide early intervention to deal with problems known and unknown.

Life challenges can also be intensified by drug and/or alcohol use by one or more parent or other adult in the home.  We consult with attorney’s and PRE’s often to develop an appropriate testing plan for parents who wish to maintain custody/ partial custody/ visitation of their children when a divorce or separation occurs and there are concerns about drug or alcohol use.

In addition, we are seeing more children coming from homes that have had drug cultivation and/ or manufacturing in the home (i.e. Meth lab; marijuana grow house).  In these situations, children may be exposed drugs either from ingestion or from a environmental source.  In these situations, we offer Child Guard, a hair test for kids that can determine type of exposure and to what drug metabolites.

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Court Ordered, Probation & Pre-Trial Drug and Alcohol Testing

We provide monitoring and direct observation specimen collections for adults and juveniles on probation. Due to the nature of our work with juveniles, those on probation for violent criminal or sex offenses are NOT permitted to test at our locations.  We provide reporting to probation officers, judges, district attorneys, and other court personnel as needed.  Those testing on probation must provide all pertinent court documents related to required drug and alcohol testing.  Those that have not been sentenced or ordered to do testing, may set up pre-trial testing, as often recommended by defense attorneys to establish a pattern of voluntary abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol prior to any court proceedings.

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Consulting, Ordering, Reporting and Interpreting Services

5280 Legal Plus: ​A Complete Solution for Legal & Custody Testing Requirements

5280 Legal Plus is a complete consulting, ordering, reporting and interpreting solution designed to assist Custody Evaluators, Parenting Coordinators, CFI’s, PRE’s, Mediators, Lawyers, Probation Officers & Judges with determining appropriate testing methods and time-frames based on their client/ case needs.

Designed to provide comprehensive testing options and accurate results for court ordered and pre-emptive drug & alcohol testing plans.

5280 Drug Testing manages the entire process by:


Our team will consult with you to determine what testing methodologies and time frames are most appropriate for the particular case. In some situations, a combination of testing options may be the best option to get the information you are looking for. Consultations are FREE when 5280 Drug Testing is included as the testing facility in a court/ custody order.


Once we have determined the best course of action for testing, our team will locate and lab/ collection facility and order the appropriate test(s). Orders may be disseminated to the respondent directly or to the legal team for disbursement based on court order, protective order, etc.


Upon execution of a Release of Information and once results are available, 5280 Drug Testing will provide certified, court admissible copies to the designated authorities.


Sometimes results need explanation. All positive tests should be reviewed for accuracy based on metabolite information. NOT ALL POSITIVE TESTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Our staff is trained to read and interpret metabolite information. In some cases, the presence or absence of certain metabolites on a positive test may be related to environmental exposure vs. ingestion, therefore, positive results should be reviewed before consequences are levied.


If needed, our Legal Plus Team is available for in-person, phone or video conference court testimony.

Types of Testing Offered:

Court & Custody Testing Offered:

Drug Testing: We will customize the panel dependent upon the situation. 5 panel to 17 panel
Alcohol Testing: ETG (Ethyl Glucuronide); this is a direct metabolite produced by the ingestion of ethanol alcohol; urine test has a window of approximately 80 hours)
Hair Follicle Testing: Panel can be customized to include drugs and Alcohol (ETG); window of detection approximately 90 days for head hair and 1 year for body hair
Fingernail and Toenail Testing: Panel can be customized to include drugs and Alcohol (ETG); window of detection approximately 3-6 months for fingernails and 6-9 months for toenails
PEth Testing: (Phosphatidylethanol); this blood test uses this direct alcohol bio-marker to indicate exposure to alcohol going back 2-3 weeks.  This tests is an accurate indicator of prolonged or binge use of alcohol.
Child Guard Hair Exposure Testing: Typical hair tests with other labs will only report a positive exposure result if drug metabolites are detected, even when the native drug is in the child’s hair specimen. ChildGuard® reports a positive result if either native drugs or drug metabolites are detected, giving much better insight about the child’s environment. ChildGuard® can provide evidence of substance use in a child’s environment for the past 3 months, and can be performed on donors of any age.
DNA Testing: We provide DNA Testing for paternity, siblingship, grandparentage and immigration.

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