Lawson Legal can commission a forensic psychiatrist to provide an expert opinion in relation to a client’s competency to stand trial, and issues pertaining to defences constituting mental impairment (i.e. drug psychosis and mental illness).
A forensic psychiatrist can compile a forensic psychiatric report, which is submitted to the court for sentencing purposes.
A forensic psychiatrist will also give evidence in court in support of a client’s mental impairment.
Forensic psychologists can provide expert evidence to the court, on behalf of the client, in reaction to sentencing options, treatment recommendations and psychological tests, determining the future risk of offending.
Lawson Legal consults regularly with forensic psychologists in providing the best criminal legal advice to their clients, in addition to, assisting the client’s ongoing psychological needs after their matter has been finalised by the courts.
Forensic scientists are commissioned to examine and provide expert evidence related to scientific examination as expert witnesses.
Forensic scientists examine crime scenes and compile:
- analytical reports of police photographs;
- physical and chemical analysis reports of forensic documents;
- police ballistic reports;
- fire and explosion scenes reports to establish origin and cause;
- reports involving fibres, metals, soils and gunshot residues;
- DNA reports; and
- botanical reports including identification of plant materials.
They also detect, enhance and recover fingerprints, footprints, tyre marks, and other imprints.
Forensic scientists are often used in criminal matters, by Lawson Legal to analyse and provide comprehensive forensic advice and evidence at trial to best support the client’s defence.
Forensic toxicologists are consulted, upon the client’s instructions, to scientifically analyse toxicity levels obtained from accused persons.
Their examinations include identifying and analysing illicit drugs and poisons in human tissue and bodily fluids, and to achieve accurate alcohol and drug levels in the blood.
Forensic toxicologists compile toxicology reports and provide evidence in court, as expert witnesses, in support of the client’s defence.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT CONSULTANTS
Defence lawyers at Lawson Legal frequently engage motor vehicle accident consultants, where a crash has caused serious harm or death of a person.
The consultant will attend and examine the scene of the accident, provide a comprehensive analysis, and outline the cause of the crash, determining any contributing factors to the crash (i.e. vehicle defects).
Motor vehicle accident consultants will examine police crash reconstruction reports and determine findings, which can be used as defence expert evidence in court.
Lawson Legal can engage private investigators upon the client’s instructions.
The private investigator often obtains witness statements, video or still images and other evidence, which may be invaluable to the client’s defence.
Private investigators have been consulted by Lawson Legal, on numerous matters, to provide additional evidence in achieving the discontinuance of prosecutions.
SENIOR COUNSEL (FORMERLY QUEEN’S COUNSEL)
Lawson Legal will often consult with Senior Counsel in relation to serious or complex matters.
On instructions from the client, Lawson Legal will refer your matter to a senior barrister to obtain criminal legal advice.
Senior Counsel are also available to represent the client at trial and sentencing hearings, and have been used by Lawson Legal in matters including, but not limited to, murder, armed robbery and complex fraud matters.