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In my opinion, the best experts are ex-law enforcement officers who genuinely care about the truth and the integrity of the fact finding process.
The only private expert that I’ve used is Marty Hayes, and he was part of the team when I joined, so I don’t know how the other attorneys found him. I am an ex-public defender and I know enough people in the field, I just ask around, but I realize that answer doesn’t really help others much. I’m not aware of an index of experts or anything like that.
I have never had a problem qualifying an expert to testify. Proper preparation should always avoid this problem. The standard is very low in Colorado.
Patrick Buckley, Esq.
Law Offices of J. Patrick Buckley III
1404 Dean St., Ste. 300, Ft. Myers, FL
I have hired experts many times. I generally retain two in case one cannot testify.
They testify to the manner in which my client engaged the attacker and how it was appropriate.
They generally find me.
I’ve never had a problem with one providing testimony. The state is often ill-prepared.
Mark A. Alexander
Mark A. Alexander, P.C.
5080 Spectrum Dr., Ste. 850E, Addison, TX 75001
In Texas we have several individuals qualified to testify as experts in such matters.
John R. Monroe
Attorney at Law
9640 Coleman Rd., Roswell, GA 30075
I have never hired an expert in a self-defense case.
I have, however, testified as an expert in a self-defense case on the operation and safety features of the firearm involved. I did not charge for my services and I was allowed to testify.
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