Fingerprints

Fingerprints as Evidence – Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids Best Criminal Defense Lawyer

When are Fingerprints Used as Evidence?

A fingerprint has generally been held to be admissible as scientific evidence. Obviously, in order to be relevant fingerprints must correspond with the defendant’s fingerprints and must have been found in the place where the crime was committed. Fingerprints must also be found under circumstances where they could have been made at the time that the crime was committed. In other words, if fingerprints are left in a condominium by a resident who later sub-leases the residence and that condominium becomes a crime scene, the fingerprints would not be admissible as scientific evidence left at the scene at the time of the commission of the crime. However, fingerprints found at the scene in an area in which the defendant may have had access to at another time, could be admitted into evidence and weighed by the jury if the prosecutor has evidence that the defendant was at the scene of the crime. Also, in most cases fingerprints taken by a police agency for an earlier crime are admissible in a present crime.

For the most part, fingerprint evidence is positive identification of an individual to the exclusion of other human beings. Additionally, the possibility of two people with the same fingerprints in the same place at the same time with the ability to commit the same crime becomes very compelling as a piece of evidence.

Fingerprint experts analyze different patterns as well as ridges, curves, and imagery of the finger. They define these in terms of loop, patterns, outer-whorl, as well as meeting whorls.

Latent fingerprints are those left behind at a crime scene or objects that are considered to be evidence. Latent prints are sometimes difficult to detect and need to be developed or enhanced by powders or chemicals to bring out the details of the inter-whorls or outer-whorls. This would be different than the usual inked print where the entire ridge and details of the finger are displayed. In other words, the latent print oftentimes is only partial in areas. A forensic scientist will identify certain characteristics in a partial print and compare them in order to make a match. Fingerprint analysis has evolved into a more complicated science with the advent of computers and other simulation equipment. It would be impossible for this writer or any writer to give an extensive review of fingerprint analysis, as experts are required to perform these complicated tasks.

If You are Facing Charges with Fingerprints as Evidence – “Better Call Stahl”

Gerald R Stahl is a Grand Rapids based criminal defense lawyer that has represented people charge with crimes ranging from homicide to drunk driving for over 30 years. He routinely represents defendants in all Western Michigan Counties including, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, and Newaygo. Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located on East Beltline near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court.

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