"The control exerted by the police in the evidence collection stage not only determines what evidence the scientist examines, but also limits the type of analysis that may be performed on the evidence. The collection of physical evidence is the most crucial part of the entire forensic science utilization process, yet this level is where forensic scientists have the least role to play." - Joseph L. Peterson, D.CRIM
Understanding forensic evidence can be a daunting task. In homicide cases, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. As a litigator, you know that keeping up with the changing nature of case law is challenging enough. Often times, you are in need of a forensic expert who can assist you with the interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence that may be associated with your case. You may need an expert witness to explain the significance, limitations and value of that evidence in easily understood terms.
"The identification, collection, testing, storage, handling and reporting of any piece of forensic evidence involves a number of people. Evidence can be deliberately or accidentally mishandled at any stage of this process."
"The risk of misconduct starts at the crime scene, where evidence can be planted, destroyed or mishandled. Evidence is later sent to a forensic lab or independent contractor, where it can be contaminated, poorly tested, consumed unnecessarily or mislabeled. Then, in the reporting of test results, technicians and their superiors sometimes have misrepresented their findings. DNA exonerations have even revealed instances of "drylabbing" evidence – reporting results when no test was actually performed." - The Innocence Project
As forensic science consultants, we are committed to assisting you with these tasks. We will distill complex forensic evidence issues into a more palatable format through a critical case analysis and physical evidence evaluation.
A case review and evaluation involves a critical assessment of the following: