Practice Area: Juvenile
Outcome: Case dismissed!
Description: The prosecution alleged that this juvenile committed first degree burglary by breaking a window of a house around midnight. There were no eye-witnesses and the entire case rested on fingerprint evidence. At trial Ms. Paine thoroughly picked apart the CSI's investigation, showing that there were significant problems with the chain of custody of the latent prints, as well as the processing of the scene. Ms. Paine also argued that even if the client's prints were on the window, there was no evidence that he broke the window, or that the elements of burglary were met.