Intro Criminalistics Essay

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You are an experienced crime scene investigator who has been given the task by your law enforcement organization to prepare a short presentation for a local community college for students who are involved in the university crime scene investigations program. In this presentation, you want to provide them with useful information about the legal issues and constraints that are involved in working a crime scene. The legal areas and issues that you will be discussing are as follows:

  • Under what circumstances does the crime scene investigator need to obtain a search warrant before processing a crime scene? What are the exceptions to needing a search warrant for a crime scene?
  • What are some legal issues that might arise from not setting a proper perimeter around the crime scene?
  • What is a mock trial, and how can it be used to develop the presentation skills of the crime scene investigator in the courtroom?

You are to formally define and describe these legal issues and constraints that you find as well as inform the students why knowledge of legal issues and constraints are important to the job of a crime scene investigator.

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School: New York University







Crime scene investigation revolves around the understanding and application of criminal law and
procedures, constitutional law as well as evidence. The U.S Constitution, State Constitutions form
the primary Laws where the legal requirements are derived from. These legal requirements can
also are outlined in Precedents, Court rules, as well as Federal and Statutory Laws. One of the
major issues that crime scene investigators face revolve around crime scene searches and under
which circumstances search, and seizure warrants are required.

The Wex legal dictionary defines a search warrant as a legal document issued by a competent
authority issued to a police officer authorizing the police officer to search specified premises of
someone for evidence without the consent of the owner. The warrant validates the fourth

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