If you are familiar with how some courtroom dramas play out, you most likely have heard the term “expert witness testimony.” Referring to the role an expert has in a case, this person can play a crucial part in the outcome. Whether criminal or civil, having someone with expertise speak to the credibility of your case using scientific analyses, findings and conclusions could sway a judge and/or jury to rule in your favor.
By demonstrating a command of knowledge with their proficiency in a specific area, they can offer scientific fact that can rarely be disputed successfully.
You Get a Witness with Practical and Court Experience
Typically, experts have specialized education and training that has prepared them to testify beyond everyday understanding on different on matters. Unlike regular witnesses, they are not bound by having personal knowledge after directly observing the facts of a case. Their opinion, based on information collected from written reports or speaking with other witnesses is presented as fact. Additionally, their experience with the court can add to their credibility.
An Expert Witness Offers Facts and Insight
Even when your expert does not testify in court, they might be helpful in persuading the prosecution to reduce or dismiss charges. For example, if after reviewing a report on a person’s blood alcohol analysis it is determined that the report is flawed in stating the person was over the legal limit while driving, the defense might be able to argue to have the case dismissed.
Further, complex jargon is not the only thing that may need to be explained in your case. Perhaps the expert can offer insights that other people may never consider relevant to the case. The testimony of an expert could help to establish motive or lack of motive. Their experienced and trained eyes can find details of a circumstance that is not obvious to others.
You May Reach a Settlement Sooner
One thing on which both sides of a case can agree: dragging a case on for years of claims and counter claims, appeals and dozens of challenges has its end point. Few, if any, want to endure months of testimony with no new information about a particular case.
This is something you can possibly avoid with the knowledge and help of an expert witness. Their testimony could be all that is necessary to settle a case without enduring such painfully drawn out proceedings.
In many cases, your legal team will determine early in the process that adding expert testimony can benefit the outcome of your case. Not only can this type of witness bring knowledge of their field to the case, but they can also break down seemingly complex situations into component. They are capable of articulating such information in ways that are easily digestible and engaging.