Forensic Science and Communication
I am trying to finish college to become a type of forensic scientist (not sure which one yet), but I know I might have to testify in court as an expert witness. However, I have a speech impediment and sometimes I can't speak clearly when stressed or nervous. I just want to know if I can still be a forensic scientist and have someone else testify for me. #forensics #scientist #experts
I don't believe you could have someone else testify for you but if the impediment is severe then maybe a case could be made to use an ASL interpreter if you can communicate via sign language. Of course this all depends on the State and/or Federal rules in your jurisdiction.
Maybe explore a job that evaluates other people's forensic work for a lawyer or prosecutor. I'd expect that there is research work that doesn't require testifying in court. I'd think that some police departments would have forensic techs that do research etc. for experts that would handle the testifying in court.
I'd start with your local District/ State Attorney and Police to see who they use for forensics. Then find the person that makes hiring decisions to get their opinions. Also track down local forensic labs and do the same.
I hope I was able to answer some of your questions. I am a Crime Scene Investigator for a Sheriff's Office, but I don't work directly with some of the scientist at the crime lab here. However, I have met them and one of them used to be a CSI with our agency. Best of luck to you on your future endeavors.