A licensed physician, the Coroner has broad authority to investigate causes of death resulting from crimes or violent acts, suicide, or any death of a suspicious nature. In fatal automobile crashes, the Coroner determines the blood alcohol content of those who die.
The Coroner works closely with law enforcement agencies and the Prosecuting Attorney in preparing cases for trial. The Coroner performs autopsies, toxicology tests and testifies an as expert witness on causes of death in court. The Coroner's duties involve administrative matters, pathology, toxicology, histology and criminal matters.
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