Miami Forensic Science Lawyer
In recent years, many wrongful convictions for crimes have been overturned based on advancements in the field of forensic science. Specifically, DNA evidence has served to overturn long-standing convictions based on eyewitness identifications or other forms of evidence set forth by prosecutors. These overturned convictions demonstrate how unreliable certain types of evidence may be and how valuable forensic science is to the legal process.
At the Baez Law Firm, our Miami forensic science lawyers regularly use forensic science in building a defense strategy. This can help us to challenge the prosecutor’s case and avoid wrongful conviction for you whenever possible. Call today for more information about our defense representation.
Using Forensics in our Representation
Forensic science can be used in many different ways in criminal cases, including analysis of the following:
- Human or animal hair;
- Ballistics and gunshot residue;
- Drug analysis;
- Analysis of blood or urine samples;
- Bite marks;
- Foot or shoe prints;
- Tire tracks and skid marks;
- Chemicals used in arson or other crimes.
These are only a few examples of the many types of analysis that fall under the umbrella of forensics. While forensics is referred to as a “science,” not all analysis is necessarily scientific. In fact, much of forensics relies on the opinions of experts and not on concrete scientific results in a laboratory. However, because it is labeled forensic science, many juries tend to believe any testimony regarding expert opinions to be infallible.
To challenge the inaccuracies that can occur in forensic science, our lawyers at the Baez Law Firm request our own forensic analysis of crime scenes and evidence. We will not simply trust the results offered by law enforcement labs or by prosecutors, as we understand the inaccuracies that can occur. Instead, we conduct our own analysis and present testimony from our own forensic experts to properly challenge the “scientific” evidence against you.
In many cases, forensic evidence offered by prosecutors should not be admitted into a jury trial because of potential inaccuracies or unreliability. Some common reasons for suspected unreliability can include:
- Improper storage of samples in the lab;
- Incorrect labeling of samples, which can lead to switched samples;
- Wrongful calibration of lab equipment;
- Gaps in the chain of custody regarding samples or evidence;
- Unqualified lab technicians handling samples;
- Falsification of lab reports or estimations of results;
- Lack of proper credentials of experts testifying;
- Inconsistencies in expert opinions.
With our thorough knowledge of forensics, we can identify when any evidence should be kept out of court and can present persuasive arguments to the judge accordingly.
Consult with our Skilled Miami Criminal Defense Lawyers for Help
If you are facing serious criminal charges that may involve any type of forensic evidence, you want an lawyer on your side who has experience with forensic science and understands how it relates to evidence in a criminal case. The forensic knowledge of the lawyers at the Baez Law Firm is only one of many skills we bring to the table in every criminal case we take. If you have been arrested, please call our Miami forensic science lawyers for a free consultation today at 800-588-BAEZ.