One of the most important aspects of criminal defense is the use of bad evidence, and the Criminal Defense Lawyer NYC you hire should be experienced in challenging forensic evidence. It is a widely known fact that forensic evidence is not fool-proof and that many procedures such as DNA testing are done by technicians without adequate training and technical skill. As a result, innocent people are often convicted or forced to spend a great deal of time and money defending their reputations.
A prime example of this potential problem is a recent scandal at the Department of Forensic Sciences crime lab in Washington D.C. It came to light that the lab’s DNA analyses were being done by technicians who were not competently trained and did not have adequate resources. At least 2000 criminal cases were jeopardized by the shoddy lab work. Not only does this call into question the foundation of the charges against the current criminal defendant’s; it also raises serious questions about the potentially innocent people who have already been convicted.
As a result of the scandal, many high ranking officials were fired, including the chief scientist, the senior manager for DNA testing, and the attorney responsible for overseeing the lab’s legal compliance. It is a relief that action was taken, but the firings raise even more questions. Why fire the general legal counsel for a problem with laboratory work? Could it be that the prosecutor took action against the lab because the scientists were not producing a desired result for law enforcement? If so, this is all the more reason to hire a criminal defense lawyer NYC who has experience challenging prosecutors and fighting their use of questionable evidence.
If you are facing state or federal criminal charges, the prosecutor will try and introduce as much evidence as possible to discredit you. This is true even if the evidence was acquired through an illegal search or seizure or inaccurate laboratory analysis. Don’t hire just any criminal defense lawyer NYC. Attorney Frederick Sosinsky is well-versed in the evidence code and the practice of excluding evidence from consideration at trial. Call The Law Office of Frederick L. Sosinsky at (212) 285-2270 for a consultation.