Crime Scene Investigation and Examination: Chain of Evidence
Bar coding, Crime scene searches
Forensic Science and Technology
A key component to most investigations is the successful recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence from a crime scene. Many different forms of evidence will be encountered. There are general principles that apply to the proper collection, preservation, and handling of all evidence. Establishing a solid chain of evidence is one of those basic, essential standards. Failure to establish a scientifically sound and legally defensible chain of custody for an item of evidence will likely diminish the value of that evidence in judicial proceedings.
Palmbach, Timothy, "Crime Scene Investigation and Examination: Chain of Evidence" (2016). Forensic Science Publications. 34.
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