Check qualifications. The expert’s qualifications, education, and experience should prepare him or her to offer opinions on the particular subjects in issue. Consider effect on the jury. A jury should find an expert’s appearance, demeanor, and manner of answering questions persuasive. Assess capability. Experts must be able to withstand the rigors of direct and...

Questioning the Polygraph. The use of the polygraph is usually not accepted into evidence in a trial. However, it is common to use a polygraph when monitoring compliance of the rules of one’s  of probation. It is generally accepted that polygraphs are far from foolproof. False positives or false negatives occur more often that one would...

When looking at children to determine if they are victims of sexual abuse or just being curious about their bodies, we need to know what is normal and what is abnormal behaviors. The following is a list of what can be considered appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior for children Preschool age (0 to 5 years)...

In a recent article, Indiana University aims to bar athletes with a history of sexual abuse. Advocates of tougher rules on violence against women hail ruling. Critics worry over the double standard. Shouldn’t we all address the problem of sexual assault and not use it to make ourselves look better? Indiana University only punishes athletes with a...

When addressing an expert witness in the courtroom, there are multiple occasions where questions from opposing counsel are not designed to gather information, but simply to a place the witness “off balance.” Presentation of information, facts, or data from a person that seems unsure can dissolve any trust a Judge or jury might have in...

It is vitally important to find the right expert for your case. Both experts and fields of expertise are highly specialized and compartmentalized. Just because an expert is effective in one subject area does not mean he or she will be effective in another, even closely-related, area. Similarly, experts who are successful in one geographical area...