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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Motion to Secure a Defense Expert

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To secure an independent defense expert, counsel must file a motion pleading the defendant's indigence, the type of expert service(s) needed, the case-specific need for this assistance, the estimated cost of such service(s) based on actual proposals from qualified experts, and the reasonableness of those costs. Counsel may supplement the motion with affidavits from other attorneys confirming the need for this type of expert assistance.

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