There are many aspects of the prosecution’s case that may involve non-physical evidence, and expert witnesses are often called upon to testify about such things, including psychological evidence, which can cause a jury to view the defendant a certain way. A sex crimes defense lawyer can help expose issues with statements made by psychologists and other state experts, and allow a defendant to have their case judged on tangible evidence and objective testimony rather than speculation. In addition, a state psychology expert can offer testimony that counters the claims made by state experts, and help the defendant receive a more just outcome.
It is important to work with an attorney who understands how psychological evidence is used by prosecutors in Michigan sex crime cases, as well as how it can be utilized as part of a comprehensive criminal defense strategy after accusations of CSC, rape, sex with a minor, or other criminal activity.
As soon as a person faces sexual assault accusations in Michigan, he or she should get in touch with an experienced attorney and begin looking at the specific details of the case, so that it is possible to anticipate the potential psychological viewpoints that will be used by the prosecution, and other psychological perspectives that should be considered to counter the accusations made.
The state will likely try to have an expert in the field of psychology testify in court about a number of critical case details. First, it is likely that the prosecution will ask questions about any statements made by an alleged victim during counseling, investigation, examination, or treatment. This is especially likely in cases involving children, as psychological treatment will very possibly be prescribed. In most cases, the expert will also be used in attempts to sway the jury, by bringing up common behaviors exhibited by sex crime victims and attempting to draw parallels between these common behaviors and the specific actions of an alleged victim in the case at hand.
Prosecuting attorneys are also known to use expert witnesses to bring up any potential characteristics the defendant may have which are consistent with those of other sexual abusers, and the expert may also offer an explanation of why both parties act in certain ways, in attempts to advance the state’s case. It is very important that a defense attorney be on your side early on in the case, so that you can be properly prepared to combat psychological evidence and offer alternate explanations for some of the suggestions made by an expert witness. Psychological evidence is some of the most questionable, and in many cases a thorough evaluation proves that psychological evidence used is no more than rough speculation. An attorney will be able to walk you through what to say and do after sex crime accusations to ensure you are not convicted based on weak psychological evidence.
Another reason why it is important to work with an experienced defense lawyer is that you need someone on your side with connections to top notch expert witnesses who can aid you in proving your innocence. The defense can call a psychological witness to the stand to testify concerning the specific characteristics that a sex offender or alleged victim has, especially those that differ greatly from the parties involved in the case, as well as other behaviors of a defendant that may suggest innocence. In addition, the expert can offer an opinion on whether or not the alleged victim was in his or her right mind, whether they are able to distinguish between reality and dreams or invented memories, and other problems or inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s statements which pose a problem for psychologically related evidence.
For a free initial case consultation, call Grabel & Associates and speak with an experienced Michigan sex crime defense attorney. We are available 24/7 to begin working with you in your uniquely important case.
Because eyewitness accounts are unreliable, it can be important to determine the mental state of a person, predispositions which could affect opinions and memories, and other factors which could lead to an improper retelling of events. Unfortunately, allowing psychologists into the courtroom isn’t always motivated purely by seeking justice. Many times, the expert will say exactly what the prosecution needs to hear, and leave out any issues in the examination which may support the defense’s case. That is why it is essential to work with an attorney who can secure the best defense witnesses, and implement and effective strategy to beat false allegations and overzealous prosecutors statewide. Contact Grabel & Associates at 800 342 7896 or contact or team online in Michigan now for 24/7 legal help. No matter what charges you face, our sex crime defense lawyers are ready to begin defending you throughout your battle for justice.