Ballistics and firearms expert witnesses are often requested by attorneys to provide opinion on gun-related accident or crime. Ballistics is a field in which the motion of projectiles is studied, and is often used to assess the trajectory of a bullet. By using ballistics, the facts of the shooting, whether accidental or intentional, can often be determined.
An accident investigation involving the use of firearms may benefit from an expert in ballistics and shooting reconstruction. Since the police carry and use firearms as part of their job, ballistics can be especially relevant in an officer involved shooting. Whether a bullet struck a police officer or civilian, ballistics may help determine the circumstances involved with the shooting. Working in tandem with laboratory testing, trace evidence, ammunition examination, and other crime scene details, ballistics can be a major factor in the overall evaluation of shooting-related incidents.
Experts in ballistics and firearms often come from a background in law enforcement and have experience with other aspects involving crime scene investigation. The identification of bullets and cartridge cases, firearm serial numbers, gunshot residue, the gun type and model, gunshot scars and wounds, and gunpowder analysis are additional and relevant areas within the field.
The science of a gun-related crime scene can be complex and often requires the use of firearm ballistics and other scientific applications. ForensisGroup has spent over twenty years recruiting top experts in each field. Submit An Expert Request Form or call us for information on retaining the best available ballistics and firearms expert witness.