Some Common Misconceptions About Forensic Science
Forensic science is quite popular in Hollywood. Shows like CSI, NCIS, Elementary and Law and Order SVU have made rock stars out of the forensic scientist, depicting them as trendy crime scene investigators as quick with a DNA search just like they are with a gun. The popularity of portraying forensic investigator on the silver screen, however, has come at the cost of an ongoing misconception about forensic science: the widespread misunderstanding held by both law enforcement bodies and civilian juries as to how forensic expert works and how useful it can be in prosecuting a suspect. To that end, we at the Shadow Company Investigations based in St. Louis, Missouri decided to bust some common myths and misconception about forensic science.
MYTH 1 – When someone is murdered, then only the forensics team is involved.
Fact: Only a fraction of the crimes investigated by forensics experts relate to murders. Hence, most of the forensic work is carried out for regular crimes like house break-ins, larceny, and assaults. Since crime has occurred, evidence needs to be collected, and offenders still need to be prosecuted, said the senior forensic investigator from the Shadow Company Investigations LLC based at St. Louis, Missouri in the United States of America.
MYTH 2 – Forensics work is split between the lab and in the field.
Fact: The reality is crime scene investigators attend crime scenes and forensic scientist work in the lab. Crime scene investigators are quite adept at gathering valuable evidence, yet they may not analyze DNA since it would be asking them to do two jobs and that’s unrealistic. Hence forensic experts are allowed to do that stated the forensic analyst from the Shadow Company Investigations Inc.
MYTH 3 – Collecting evidence is a quick process.
Fact: Even for a regular crime like a break-and-enter the forensic investigator still dust for prints, swab for DNA and look for other trace evidence. So they have to do that meticulously so of course it’s not going to be quick and they can’t rush that informed the forensic scientist from the Shadow Company Investigations Inc. based in St. Louis, Missouri.
MYTH 4 – Dusting still does prints.
Fact: The old ways are often still the best ways, and when it comes to the collection of fingerprints dusting remains the most common technique revealed the chief private investigator at the Shadow Company Investigations LLC in the U.S.
MYTH 5 – DNA can solve every case.
Fact: Many times other evidences point towards the culprit and he can be convicted without the involvement of DNA print. Sometimes DNA print is not available at the scene of the crime hence other evidences play an important part. So the private investigator or crime scene investigator has to collect other evidence which will put the accused in the dock. Thus DNA is not the last word in any investigation said the chief private investigator at the Shadow Company investigations.
MYTH 6 – Forensic science can help solve the cases within an hour
Fact: The forensic analysis might take a few days, but then it’s about developing a case so that the culprit can be booked and prosecuted legally, supported with proper proof. Regrettably, that process can take months or even years regardless of the legal evidence concluded the senior crime scene investigator from the Shadow Company Investigations LLC.
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