Jeremiah Garrido

Criminalist / DNA Analyst

Santa Clara County District Attorney Crime Laboratory

Forensic Science in the 21st Century: From the crime scene to the crime lab to the courtroom


Forensic Science in the Real World: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab to the Courtroom
Forensic Science and the role that the Crime Laboratory plays in a criminal investigation have been significantly greater due to advances in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In my talk, I will share my path to a career in Forensic Science and what the requirements and duties are for someone that would be interested in a career as a Criminalist/Forensic Scientist. In addition, I will discuss the various sections Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory and provide an overview of how science is used to analyze physical evidence from the crime scene to solve crimes and exonerate the innocent. The difference between Forensics in “Real-Life” and Forensics on “T.V.” will also be emphasized!

Meet the Speaker:

Jeremiah Garrido is currently a Criminalist assigned to the Forensic Biology Unit of the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory. His primary duties at the Crime Laboratory include processing crime scenes for physical evidence, performing Forensic DNA Analysis, bloodstain pattern interpretation and providing expert witness testimony in criminal cases such as homicides, cold cases, sexual assault investigations, property crimes and even animal cruelty. Aside from working criminal cases he is an Instructor of Forensic Science at SJSU and various junior colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Forensic Science and Chemistry from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.