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  • How should I handle & preserve evidence or a sample for examination by Vista later?
  • What does engaging with Vista look like?
How should I handle & preserve evidence or a sample for examination by Vista later?
  • Gloves- Use gloves to handle any potential evidence or sample to be examined.
  • Dry- Gently dry any wet areas as quickly as possible.
  • Ease Transitions- Rapid temperature changes can alter evidence. If evidence must be brought from a cool environment to a warmer environment (or vice versa), ease the transition by wrapping in cloth so it can acclimate slowly.
  • Take Pictures- Always take pictures of the item in its original location, after it’s removed, and after it’s been prepared.
  • Don’t touch a fracture – If an item contains a fracture, take care to not touch it directly.
  • Wrap- It’s a good idea to wrap evidence in plastic to preserve it as well as possible.
What does engaging with Vista look like?

Vista typically accepts jobs along two tracks:

Industrial & Laboratory-

  • Initial contact and consultation with the potential client.
  • Quote is provided for services to be performed.
  • Client provides a purchase order and, in some cases, a partial payment.
  • Work is completed and reports of findings are issued within an agreed upon timeframe.

Litigation & Expert Witness-

  • Initial contact and consultation with the potential client.
  • Engagement contract and fee applies to new cases.
  • Research, examination, imaging, modeling, and other methods are used as appropriate to investigate a case.
  • Written reports, depositions, and testimony are provided as needed.
  • Once closed, evidence can be returned or disposed of as directed.


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