Abuse often causes injury. You may need an expert who can testify about the absence of injury or the possible causes of injury to an alleged victim other than sexual abuse.
The State may present laboratory analysis of bodily fluids to try to prove the charges against you. Having your own expert in toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry, pathology, or DNA evidence, will help to even the playing field.
When children make claims of abuse, the defense attorney must analyze all contact the child had with others who may have tainted the child’s memory or perceptions.
Did the police or others who interviewed the child about his reported abuse ask leading or suggestive questions?
Has the process of suggestive questioning led the child to believe falsely that he or she was abused?
An expert in psychology, trained in the proper protocol for conducting child witness interviews, can help the defense analyze what happened and explain to the jury how the child has come to believe something happened, when it did not.
Adolescents who make false claims of abuse may do so in an effort to manipulate the adults who exercise control over them.
Teachers, coaches, parents, grandparents and others who have a role in disciplining teenagers, can find themselves locked up and charged with serious sex crimes because a young person has lied to a mandatory reporter who reported the allegation to DHS or law enforcement.
In these cases, psychological experts can assist the defense in understanding the capabilities of adolescents to lie, and their limited ability to fully comprehend the gravity of making false criminal charges.
Psychological experts can assist the defense by explaining how adolescents behave, and why they may be lying.
If you are arrested for a sexual offense, you need an Iowa criminal defense lawyer with experience trying sex crime cases.
I have a proven track record in defending these difficult charges.