Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be appropriate to have an expert witness testify on your behalf. An expert witness is a specialist in a certain field who can walk the judge and or jury through complicated pieces of evidence. Unlike other witnesses, an expert witness can offer his or her professional opinion as to what conclusion should be drawn from the evidence.
Expert witnesses can be very helpful in some sex crime cases. For example, an expert psychiatrist or psychologist could testify as to whether or not an alleged victim witness was lying about being sexually assaulted by analyzing that person’s behavior to determine if it was consistent with that of someone who had been traumatized by an attack.
Expert witnesses can be expensive, and they are not always needed. The facts of your case as well as the evidence that the prosecution will bring against you need to be examined to determine whether or not hiring an expert witness would help you.
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