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Class characteristics of physical evidence

Address the following :
Specifically, what are class characteristics of physical evidence? Explain in detail.
Provide 3 different examples that illustrate your explanation
What else must exist for evidence with class characteristics to be used in court? Explain.
Can a type of physical evidence be considered a class characteristic at one crime scene and an individual characteristic at another? Why or why not? Explain in detail.
Provide 2 different examples that illustrate your explanation.
What must an investigator consider regarding the use of class characteristics as evidence in court? Explain.
What must an investigator consider regarding the use of individual characteristics as evidence in court? Explain.
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CLASS AND INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTIC EVIDENCE

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Specifically, what are class characteristics of physical evidence? Explain in detail.

Class characteristics can be described as any general characteristics that define a category of items or objects, but lack the capability to define individuality in reference to these items or objects. Quintessentially, investigators use class characteristics to narrow the pattern found at a scene to specific and individual characteristics. Once these individual characteristics are narrowed down, they can be put into databases to find the perpetrator of a crime. The FBI has created a database for examining class characteristics such as shoe and tire impressions, which can eventually be used to link a suspect's individual ...

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This solution discusses the use of physical evidence in court.

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