criminalist | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Investigations

A criminalist is a forensic scientist who specializes in the analysis of physical evidence collected from crime scenes.

They use various techniques and technologies, such as DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, and ballistics, to examine and interpret evidence in order to help solve crimes. Criminalists may work for various organizations, including law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, and private consulting firms. They are trained in scientific methods and skilled in using specialized equipment and software. The goal of a criminalist is to provide unbiased and reliable information that can be used in a court of law to help determine the facts of a case.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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