It might seem like a no-brainer to say but if you are facing criminal charges you will want to seriously consider any and all advice given to you by your defense attorney. Of course if something doesn’t make sense you will want to ask questions but deliberate over the answer given. Remember that there are years of legal experience going into any advice given and that is why you got a defense attorney in the first place. One area in which defendants sometimes choose not to take their defense attorney’s advice is when it comes to accepting the testimony or consultation of an expert witness. You may be wondering, “Why would anyone refuse to do that?” It is because expert witnesses are not free. Sometimes their fees can get up into the thousands of dollars. Perhaps, in your case, an expert witness would be a good idea. If so, you will be presented with the idea and the potential cost by your defense attorney. At that point, and probably due to the cost, you may think about turning down the idea too. So, it is a good idea to know what an expert witness can potentially do for you.
One thing they can do for you is provide information for your defense attorney. Your defense attorney is an expert on the law – that is why you will want to consider carefully all he says about your case. However, that does not mean he is also an expert in medicine, toxicology, mechanics, or any other specialized field. If he is seeking the information from an expert witness it means that your defense attorney believes the information could be useful. If he thinks so, it is well worth thinking about. Continue reading