Criminal Defense Resources

Criminal Defense Resources

Effective criminal defense demands the use of expert witnesses to help with the investigation, defense, and mitigation in a criminal case.  Early investigation of facts, preparation for medical or specialized defenses, and efforts at mitigation can change the outcome of a case.

Investigators

Trained investigators can gather evidence related to the crime, including information about witnesses, alibi defenses, and co-defendants. Former police officers who have developed relationships with agencies or departments help defense attorneys by anticipating evidence that might be presented at trial

Medical or Forensic Experts

In cases involving assaults, child abuse, or homicides, medical experts, radiologists, and forensic scientists can respond to the prosecution's efforts to mischaracterize evidence.

In addition, independent blood or DNA analysis can uncover flaws in the state's testing procedures, including contamination of samples collected by crime scene investigators working on behalf of the state or federal government.

While the results of lie detector or polygraph tests are not admissible at trial, polygraph exams performed by reliable examiners can be used to respond to investigations at an early stage in the proceedings in an effort to avoid prosecution and criminal charges.

Psychological Testing

Reports produced by forensic psychologists are essential at sentencing hearings where a person's behavior may be explained by mental health disorders.  These reports can generate recommendations to help the court fashion a sentence that is less punitive and that focuses on treatment over incarceration.

Counseling and Group Therapy

Where psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse or social disorders may be present, early treatment can persuade prosecutors and judges that a criminal defendant has taken these issues seriously and is seeking professional help that will help him avoid re-offending in the future.