There is little doubt that advancements in forensics has led to many convictions that may not have occurred without this science. Sometimes, this is a good thing because it takes dangerous individuals out of public populations. However, other times, forensics has led to the wrongful conviction of many people facing murder/homicide charges in Oklahoma.
As criminal defense attorneys, our primary goal is to keep our clients out of prison by uncovering truths. We take this responsibility seriously and make every effort to learn as much as possible about forensics. As you may know, the presence of DNA in murder or homicide charges holds a lot of water with judges and juries. However, the presence of a person’s DNA is not always a sure sign that he or she committed a crime.
DNA transfer, or touch DNA, is a phenomenon that could implicate people in crimes they did not commit. In the not too distant past, forensic scientists thought DNA could only pass from person to person through body fluids. As it turns out, it is possible to transfer your DNA to another person through a simple touch such as a handshake or a hug or when two people touch the same item.
For an in-depth example of how DNA transfer can lead to a conviction, read this story published by Wired.com. Spoiler alert! The defendant walks free in the end. The story also provides information about current and emerging forensic science techniques investigators rely on in criminal cases.
We know how scary it is to face murder/homicide charges and how isolated defendants feel. Our team wants everyone accused of violent crimes to know that there is someone out there who is prepared to advocate for you and you alone: your defense attorney. Please visit us online to learn more about defending yourself.