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The Advantage Of KnowingHow The Other Side Thinks

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Challenging expert testimony in theft cases

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2018 | Theft & Property Crimes |

It is crucial to take theft charges seriously. After all, prosecutors will take the charges seriously, and they will often utilize whatever resources they have to secure a conviction or guilty plea. This often includes extensive searches and the use of expert witnesses.

As such, anyone charged with serious theft crimes should be aggressive in their defense, and this can involve challenging the credibility of the people testifying against the defendant.

Expert testimony

Experts called to testify in a criminal case are supposed to have extensive experience, knowledge or training in the area about which they are testifying. Oftentimes, they are utilized to explain complex concepts or clarify statistical information or procedures. While their opinions are still opinions, their statements can have a considerable impact on judges and juries.

Challenging the experts

As powerful as their testimony may be, experts are not infallible; they make mistakes, draw the wrong conclusions, and ignore data that they don’t agree with or that does not align with their own understanding of a specific issue. As such, it is important for the defense to challenge an expert or call other experts that offer differing opinions or explanations.

“Knot” an issue to take lightly

The prosecution could call a wide range of experts to testify in a criminal case. For instance, a recent article discussed the use of experts in knot tying or knot forensics in criminal cases. Testimony from these experts could be enough to convince a judge or jury of a person’s guilty, so it is crucial to challenge each one and offer alternative explanations or poke holes in the testimony itself.

Defending against theft charges can be more legally complex than people expect, especially when there are expert witnesses called to testify. Because of this, it is crucial for anyone facing these serious charges to consult a defense attorney to examine their options and possible defense strategies.