Areas of Professional Engagement
The following is brief list outlining the primary areas of professional engagement in which clients can seek assistance or support. More information about fees and retainers can be provided upon request. Training information can be found at the website of the American Congress of Forensic Science Laboratories at www.fslabs.org. Please visit the Contact page to inquire.
Criminal Defense Support
The defense of accused persons is among the most challenging roles in the American criminal justice system. It is a daunting task to review and scrutinize scientific evidence being presented as proof of guilt against one's client(s). Competent and attentive consultants are able to support the defense effort by assessing the nature of scientific evidence and its applicability to the facts and context of a case. This scrutiny has the effect of holding the prosecution accountable for the manner in which scientific evidence is presented and the way that it is characterized to the trier of fact. It is very easy to overstate the incriminating nature of scientific evidence, but often requires specialize expertise to recognize when it happens and how to address it.
Criminal Prosecution Support
In the United States, the prosecution bears the burden of proof in criminal cases. The use of scientific evidence requires an understanding of how it can be applied to ensure that justice is served reliably and fairly. Prosecutors benefit from the services of consultants, particularly in the most complex cases, who assist in the review of evidence, the preparation of the case for court, and the presentation of the evidence before a judge or jury.
Civil Litigation Support
Similar to the consultative support that is provided in criminal proceedings, the use of scientific evidence in civil litigation can be diverse and intimidating. Fortunately, there are reliable methods for presenting, evaluating, and challenging scientific evidence of all kinds. Attorneys benefit significantly from consulting services that provide guidance, insight, and encouragement as they attempt to "manage" scientific evidence brought by any party at any time.
Development of Forensic Science Professionals
Forensic scientists and administrators consistently seek opportunities to develop their own talents so that they can serve the criminal and civil justice systems in the United States with competence, thoughtfulness, and professionalism. Workshops that provide insightful, real-world perspectives about the practice of forensic science and the management of forensic science personnel create opportunities for occupational growth.
Organizational Management & Development
Specialized consulting services for forensic science organizations span areas of interest including, but not limited to, accreditation compliance, human resource management practices, labor relations, corrective action, and failure recovery. The external perspectives brought by consultants helps these organizations identify weaknesses, strengthen policies and procedures, and improve overall employee engagement and effectiveness.
Defense of "At Risk" Athletes
The charging and prosecution of high-profile athletes introduces an inherent conflict of interest. Elected prosecutors stand to gain valuable attention in such cases and therefore may be enticed to overcharge or, in the worst scenarios, erroneously charge and prosecute popular athletes for crimes that may or may not have been committed. John Collins is a former stand-out varsity athlete from Michigan State University and has only recently incorporated this area of interest into his practice, providing assistance to defense counsel in scrutinizing the nature of any forensic evidence and formulating strategies for how to challenge its use in court.