When Criminal Forensics Is Essential To An Effective Defense

Criminal defense lawyers have long relied on forensics such as fingerprints, toolmarks, analysis of hairs and examination of footprints. In today's technologically driven world, criminal forensics now takes on many complex forms such as:

  • Evaluation of cellphone records
  • Recovering data that, even if it has been deleted, remains detectable on hard drives
  • Examination of medical evidence such as blood testing and serology, pathology reports (medical examiner-autopsy), scans, e.g. xrays, MRI, CT
  • Evaluation of ballistic evidence such as projectiles and shell casings in connection with crimes involving guns
  • Evaluation of DNA evidence gathered from genetic material, e.g. blood, semen, epithelial cells and hair.

As experienced defense lawyers and dedicated advocates, we regularly make use of sophisticated forensics while preparing to represent our clients in criminal cases. Our knowledge of forensics allows us to be prepared to cross examine the prosecution’s witnesses in these fields to prevent wrongful convictions based on bogus science or poorly trained lab personnel.

Does Your Defense Lawyer Understand Forensics Technology?

The criminal law specialists at Ball & Hase have vast experience with cases that are heavily dependent on forensics. DNA evidence is now widely used. DNA evidence should not be accepted at face value. A skilled defense attorney must have an understanding of the science of DNA and the statistical analysis of any reported results. Recently, the FBI notified crime labs across the country that it has discovered errors in data used by forensic scientists in thousands of cases to calculate the chances that DNA found at a crime scene matches a particular person.

The criminal defense lawyers at Ball & Hase also have extensive knowledge concerning cellphone forensics. Without a good technical understanding of issues such as cell tower information and what it means about location, the results in court can be disastrous.

Knowledgeable Defense Lawyers At Ball & Hase Are Well-Versed In Lab Reports And Other Aspects Of Commonly Used Forensic Evidence

At Ball & Hase, we are proud to say we have this level of knowledge about avenues of evidence such as automobile black boxes (Event data recorders) and blood test reports. With this knowledge we don’t take the Government’s opinions at face value. Instead, we are able to keep a critical eye out when reviewing toxicology reports or ballistic measurements. We know when to push back and ask for second opinions or repeat lab tests. We research forensic issues in professional and scientific journals. We consult with experts in the particular forensic field to secure the best defenses.

What kinds of evidence will be pivotal in your criminal matter? Contact us at are Arlington, Texas, location by calling 817-412-7449, or send an email to let us know of your concerns. We will gladly explain what we can do for you after you have been charged with a crime.