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Importance of Forensic Reporting

Forensic reports are used to provide scientific testimony that either proves or disproves the argument in civil and criminal cases. The experts who are responsible for presenting these reports are well-versed in the scientific field of study required to support or refute the evidence. As a forensic toxicologist, Dr. Brautbar provides testimony based upon the presence of drugs, alcohol, chemicals or other toxins found during an analysis of biological samples.

Forensic toxicology can be used to determine which substances were present in an individual, and whether the levels of these substances are considered therapeutic or harmful. This information allows for inferences regarding the effect of a substance in relation to a person’s death or illness, or the person’s role in causing the death, illness, or physical or mental harm of another. When Dr. Brautbar is reporting on the results of his analysis, he is providing expert testimony that is valuable to the legal investigation in question. Performing tests on samples provided by crime scene investigators is a painstaking process that requires patience and attention to detail in order to produce reliable results. In order to ensure the incorruptibility of the analysis, every step in the process must be documented and all rules must be followed regarding the chain of custody for evidence.

The analysis determines which vital information needs to be included within a body of evidence, and the reporting is the act of providing that information as testimony. It is important that the final report is given by an expert to guarantee the integrity of the evidence as it is presented. Without forensic toxicology, a large body of important evidence would be excluded from consideration in civil and criminal cases. The forensic testimony provided by these medical experts is essential for securing an outcome reliant on truth.


Dr. Brautbar is a board-certified internist and nephrologist, and certified in forensic medicine. If you are interested in retaining Dr. Brautbar for forensic and expert witness testimony services, please submit the Contact Form.


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