Criminal photography can provide a powerful source of defence evidence in the court room for the jury. Jurors get to see firsthand images of the crime scene which allows them to create a realistic version of events as well as a greater understanding about the logistics of the crime scene. Forensically enhanced photographs allow the jury and other attending the court room to visualise where items and people are placed during crimes resulting in more creditable jury decisions. Displaying images in the court room can enhance the questioning process and support statements for both prosecution and defence.
In addition crime scene photography is critical in burglary investigations, domestic assaults, personal injury claims, fires and car crashes. At the scene of a domestic violence incident, the photographer could snap pictures of a victim’s injuries and weapons to use as evidence. In car crash investigations photographed evidence would typically include damage to the vehicles, local land marks or property damage and skid marks which can also be used in Locus reports.
At the scene of more serious crimes blood splatter images can provide a great deal of information about the crime even the position of a fibre can be considered important photographic evidence.
In the majority of crimes it is vital that forensic photographs are taken soon after the crime has been committed to ensure the best images are captured a delay in taking any photographs can negatively affect the available evidence. Crime scenes can be tampered with items moved or removed. Personal injury marks and scaring alter daily therefore immediate photos are a necessity. At a scene where blood splatter analysis is required immediate photos are imperative, the crime scene will be visited by many officials who risk contaminating or damaging the evidence during their investigations plus the scene will probably need to be cleaned quickly to allow for people to carry on their daily lives.
Essential Forensics can provide a criminal/forensic photography service catering for all types of forensic or personal photographic investigations. We operate a national service and can attend any site promptly 24 hours a day. We regularly provide a service to the police, private investigators, personal investigations as well as solicitors.
Essential Forensics can attend court if necessary to provide an evidential report on our findings. We will create a portfolio of all the images taken and verify their authenticity.
Please see our main website for further information about extensive range of forensic services we offer or contact one of our friendly team to discuss any queries you may have