Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 10

Professional Perception on Criminal Identification through Bitemarks in Portugal

Joana Mancellos1,3*, Maria Inês Guimarães1,2,3 and Joaquim Gonçalves2

1Faculty of Health Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal
2Applied Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Campus IPCA, Portugal
3Biomedical Sciences Institute Abel Salazar, Oporto University, Portugal

*Corresponding Author: Joana Mancellos, Faculty of Health Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal.

Received: August 24, 2020; Published: September 23, 2020

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Abstract

  This study is aimed at examining the judgment of Portuguese criminal justice professionals on the importance of bitemarks for human identification in a crime context. It describes the results of a survey published in the Google Forms platform, in which 65 individuals took part. We were able to conclude that, in general, the respondents agree that bitemarks are important for human identification and should be used frequently in legal settings. The results obtained in this study suggest that those who’ve worked in crimes involving bitemarks attach more importance to the forensic analysis of these injuries than those who don’t have experience in these cases.

Keywords: Human Bitemarks; Human Identification; Criminal Identification; Forensic Dentistry; Forensic Criminal Investigation; Forensic Study

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Citation

Citation: Joana Mancellos., et al. “Professional Perception on Criminal Identification through Bitemarks in Portugal". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.10 (2020): 65-70.



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