Reviewing DNA and Forensic Science Evidence
Forensic investigations involve gathering and analyzing crime-related physical evidence in order to determine guilt or reach a conclusion in a case. During a forensic investigation, investigators will analyze blood, fluid, fingerprints, and residue to begin to piece the puzzle together of how a crime took place. An attorney who has experience in forensics is one who can look at the case from a scientific perspective. At The Ambeau Law Firm, we do this when we perform an initial review of DNA or forensic science evidence.
We believe there are gaps in the existing processes of criminal cases. When it comes to the way forensics are applied to a given case, the State has limitless resources that are used to prosecute criminal defendants. The resources that the defendants can turn to, on the other hand, are seriously lacking, which is why we are here to represent the defendants.
How Is DNA Evidence Used?
In order to understand how we can provide defenses for these cases, we must first understand how DNA evidence is most often used. On a basic level, DNA evidence is used as a tool to discover and charge the individual guilty of committing a crime. Although this form of evidence has proven to be very convincing since its inception in the late 80s, it is not necessarily the “end all be all” of a case. On the defendant's side, there is some hope in knowing the lawyer can implement techniques that might plant the seed of reasonable doubt into the minds of the jurors.
One of the most powerful steps we can take to do this is to simply educate the jurors. A jury is an average group of individuals like you or me. Most of them don't have a full understanding of what DNA is, and so when the prosecutor presents these seemingly complicated subjects to them, the natural response can be to shut down and trust the science. However, when their attention is brought to the variety of human errors that can come into play with DNA evidence, they might not be so sure. The goal with this approach is to get the jurors thinking critically about the possibilities of error and thinking about what they could be doing to a defendant's future if they blindly trust these fickle pieces of evidence.
When it comes to charging an individual with a crime, the prosecution must prove they followed all of the proper steps. If there is any question in mind that all of these steps were followed, it can lead to questions forming in the jurors' minds about the defendant's guilt or innocence. The power of DNA evidence should not be underestimated when it comes to swaying this decision. One of the most important pieces of this puzzle is the cross-examination process. At The Ambeau Law Firm, we can provide cross-examination of the prosecution's expert and direct examination of the defense expert. Our goal will be to provide a reasonable and affordable response to this powerful evidence on the defendant's behalf.