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Expert witnesses can help overcome a wrongful conviction

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2018 | Firm News, Wrongful Conviction

Michigan residents who have been accused of a crime or who are the subject of an investigation soon realize the enormity and strength of the opposition forces lining up to push for a conviction. The number of investigators, the volume and scope of scientific detection resources employed, and the input from the prosecutor’s office might all contribute to an extremely uneven playing field for a defendant. With this reality, it is not that uncommon for an innocent person to be convicted of a crime.

If you have been convicted of a crime that you did not commit, it is unfortunately not possible to get back the time that you spent in jail or prison. Furthermore, a wrongful conviction has drastic consequences on your family, your friends, your reputation, and your opportunities for future employment. However, you might be in a position to obtain compensation for your damages. Our law firm has helped many people like you seek justice through the filing of a civil lawsuit against the party or parties that were responsible for your plight.

It can often be an uphill fight to overcome a prior conviction, even with the lower standard of proof required to be borne by the plaintiff in a civil action as opposed to that required of the prosecution in a criminal trial. One important weapon in that battle can be the use of expert witnesses who did not appear at your original trial. Scientific conclusions can be challenged by an independent evaluation of DNA evidence, for instance, but expert testimony may be persuasive in other areas that are relevant to your case.

Our law firm has worked with independent forensic science and other experts to help people in your situation obtain appropriate redress. If you would like to learn more about the services that we might be able to provide, you are invited to review our page on the use of expert testimony to overcome a wrongful conviction.