Forensic psychology is a branch of psychology that applies psychological principles and techniques to legal issues and the criminal justice system. Forensic psychologists work at the intersection of psychology and the law, using their expertise to assist in criminal and civil legal cases. In recent years, the field has experienced dramatic growth. Forensic psychologists play an important role in applying theories and principles of psychology to issues within the court system. They are often just as well-versed in legal matters as they are in psychology.
We have seen a great increase in attention being paid by the media to criminal and civil court proceedings both domestically and abroad, along with dramatic television programs that feature "ripped from the headline" plots that are viewed by millions. As a result, the general public may be more aware of the types of psycholegal questions that exist, but may not have the kind of specialized knowledge needed to traverse the court system effectively if directly impacted by those issues. Additionally, many attorneys have found it beneficial to contact forensic psychologists to secure impartial opinions based on psychological evaluations in order to prove their cases in court.
That is where forensic psychologists such as Dr. Ray Kim come in. They bring the science of human behavior to the judicial system. Forensic psychologists are able to focus on multiple interrelated legal issues and apply their knowledge of psychology to answer the questions posed by the courts. Overall, forensic psychology plays an important role in the legal system by providing psychological expertise and insights to help inform legal decisions and promote justice. Dr. Kim and his associates are skilled in utilizing the field of psychology's most up-to-date assessments to assist prosecution or defense teams.
Dr. Kim's practice performs psychological evaluations that are applied to criminal matters such as competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk for violence, and sentencing. Civil matters are also addressed, such as fitness for duty, personal injury, workers' compensation, child custody, and FOID card appeals. Whether you are an attorney or a defendant seeking qualified evaluators to help support your case in court, or wishing to obtain a second opinion on a legal matter already in progress, please consider contacting Ray S. Kim, Ph.D. and Associates for a free consultation.