Can the judge stop me from calling an expert witness?

Expert witnesses that are necessary for criminal defense are constitutionally required. The court must provide the funds if the defendant cannot pay for an expert.

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The Assistance of a Necessary Expert is a Right

Criminal Defense Expert Witness

The assistance of an expert witness for criminal defense can be vital to defending a felony or misdemeanor charge in state or federal court. There are various expert witnesses for criminal defense cases, and more than one expert may be needed in some cases. An expert’s cost can be challenging to finance, even in cases where someone has privately hired a top criminal defense attorney. Family members frequently hire LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to represent clients facing felony or misdemeanor charges when they do not have the resources to hire an expert. A court must provide reasonable fees to hire defense experts if the defendant doesn’t have the resources to hire a necessary expert witness.

Types of Experts Include (to name a few):

  • Computer Forensic Experts
  • Fingerprint Analysts
  • Accounting or Finance Experts
  • Polygraphists/Polygraph  Examiners
  • Private Investigators
  • DNA Experts
  • Medical Experts
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Interview Experts
  • OWI/DUI Experts
  • Toxicologists
  • Firearms Experts
  • Blood Spatter Experts
  • Forensic Science Experts
  • And Many More

Expert Witnesses for Criminal Defense When the Defendant is Indigent

In the recent case of Hilton v. Alabama, the United States Supreme Court ruled that an attorney who fails to seek funds from the court to pay for an expert is constitutionally ineffective when a reasonable and available defense strategy requires consultation with an expert or the introduction of expert evidence. In Michigan, courts have recognized that defendants with court-appointed and retained lawyers may be indigent and need an appointed expert witness. The constitutional right to expert testimony is part of the 6th Amendment right to an attorney and the right to present a defense.

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Defense Lawyers with Extensive Experience Working with Expert Witnesses for Criminal Defense

The defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has extensive experience working with expert witnesses who help defend their clients. Expert witnesses for criminal defense frequently assist in OWI charges, domestic violence, homicide and weapons cases, assault charges, healthcare fraud, embezzlement, white-collar crimes, and computer crimes. Prosecutors have experts who assist them with prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases (frequently who work for the government in some capacity). Defense lawyers must be as experienced and comfortable with experts to be effective at jury trial and, if appropriate, while negotiating for a resolution or plea bargain that is fair to the client.

If you are charged with a federal crime or a state felony or misdemeanor case in Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, or anywhere in Michigan, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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