Criminal Defense And Aviation Law

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Challenging forensic evidence against you

For centuries, fingerprints have been a form of identification because of their supposedly unique marks. Parents may register fingerprints of their children in case they become lost, and more modern technology uses fingerprints as a method of securing personal information. Of course, fingerprints have long been part of criminal investigations.

If police recently arrested you for a serious crime, they may have told you that your fingerprints were at the scene, perhaps even on the weapon they believe you used to commit the crime. While you may feel you have little chance of refuting forensic evidence, especially fingerprints, modern courts are not so quick to blindly accept forensics as science.

Fingerprint analysis

While it may be true that each person has a unique fingerprint, the problem some courts have is that the interpretation of those fingerprints is not always reliable. One judge in a U.S. District Court ruled that the methods used for interpreting fingerprints do not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's standards of scrutiny. Because of this, it is possible that the fingerprint evidence against you may be in question as well.

A fingerprint expert who testifies against you may say your fingerprints match those found at the crime scene, but the standards these experts use to define what is a match are not always clear. Since the methods fingerprint experts use do not comply with scientific standards, some courts are not allowing fingerprint experts to testify at trial.

Other forensics inconsistencies

You may be relieved to know that recent years have seen courts requiring more from the process of forensic investigation. For example, the methods for examining and comparing hair samples, bite marks and handwriting have all come under criticism, and several cases have seen the exclusion of what used to be assumed as key pieces of evidence. However, fingerprints have remained as the stronghold of evidence.

If you are facing charges for a felony crime such as murder, every piece of evidence affects your future. You want to be certain the jury does not see evidence that investigators collect for the sake of convicting you instead of in the search for the truth. Having a strong and relentless criminal defense attorney on your side can be a great benefit to you in this situation. A skilled North Carolina attorney will have the experience to question and challenge any forensic evidence prosecutors claim to have against you.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Awards & Memberships

  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • AOPA Panel Attorney
Email us for A response

Criminal Defense And Aviation Law Attorney Serving Winston-Salem And Throughout North Carolina

When you are facing criminal charges or an aviation law-related issue, you deserve the help of a lawyer who will be committed to helping you. Turn to the Law Office of J. Darren Byers, P.A. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 336-546-5926 or contact us online.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Location

The Law Offices of J. Darren Byers, P.A.
105 West Fourth Street
Suite 400
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Phone: 336-546-5926
Fax: 336-727-1085
Winston-Salem Law Office Map

Main Office


Call Today