Forensic Services

Examples of Criminal Cases

Following a personal trauma, a police officer with 20 years of exemplary service, committed a sexual offense. His attorney asked Dr. Hoagland to identify mitigating factors at sentencing. Dr. Hoagland's describing the officer's sexual victimization and other severe abuse as a child was effective. His attorney informed Dr. Hoagland:

John received a 3-year sentence, quite a good result, since the federal guidelines were 87 months, and everyone says Judge K is a hard sentencer in these cases. Your report clearly had a great effect on her. John was very pleased.

An adolescent was being tried for attempted murder. The judge declared her not guilty by reason of insanity, because Dr. Hoagland was able to demonstrate that she was in a dissociative state (an altered state of consciousness caused by the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder precipitated by her profound sexual abuse) when the stabbing occurred and again when she made an incriminating confession. The prosecution had five mental-health personnel alleging that she was malingering.

An adolescent had unintentionally caused the death of a young child when forced to administer a "punishment" by a deranged couple who had been allowed to adopt 10 children and who had profoundly abused them. The prosecution was attempting to try the girl as an adult for murder with a lengthy prison sentence. Dr. Hoagland's evaluation and testimony resulted in the judge ruling that she was fit for rehabilitation as a juvenile and sentencing her to probation. The prosecution then hired Dr. Hoagland as an expert at the trial of the mother, who was convicted and sentenced to many years in prison.

Because Dr. Hoagland demonstrated that her shoplifting was the product of years of spousal abuse, a woman was given house arrest, with permission to work, for her seventh offense, rather than the state-prison term sought by the prosecution.