05-17-11 STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. JULIO HEISLER A-6281-08T4
We held that the ten-day period in which a defendant must object to the admission into evidence of a lab certificate, or else waive his right to confront the laboratory analyst, begins to run only after the State has provided "all reports relating to the analysis in question." N.J.S.A. 2C:35-19. We resolved ambiguity in the statute that requires the State to serve its notice of intent to use a lab certificate and supporting data twenty days before trial, but requires a defendant to object within ten days of receiving only the notice of intent. As the defendant's objection was timely under our statutory construction, we reversed his convictions for being under the influence of CDS, and operating a vehicle while knowingly having CDS in his possession or in the vehicle.