Forensic Evaluation & Expert Witness Testimony

Providing mental health evaluations and expert witness testimony in both civil and criminal matters including:

  • Competency
  • Mental status at Time of the Crime
  • Mental Illness Diagnosis
  • Treatment Needs
  • Sexual Deviance and Criminality
  • Degree of Dangerousness
  • Conditional Release Needs

Dr. Hupka has specialized in forensic psychology for over 25 years, working in the interface between  psychology and the law.  He began work in forensic services as a prison psychologist in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1991, providing psychological assessment and treatment of incarcerated offenders in prison.   Subsequently, in private practice since 1995, he has conducted independent objective evaluations and expert witness testimony in both adult and adolescent cases, consulting with both defense and prosecution. Since 1997 he has served on the California Mentally Disordered Offender Evaluation Panel where he has evaluated over 1000 incarcerated offenders to assess their mental illness, degree of dangerousness, parole suitability, mental status at the time of the crime, and treatment needs. He served for 18 years on the California Sexually Violent Predator Evaluation Panel where he conducted approximately 800 evaluations of sex offenders throughout the California, assessing their degree of sexual deviance, risk of reoffense, and treatment needs. He has also provided evaluations for the Washington State sex offender program.  He has qualified as an Expert Witness in approximately 100 sex offender Court cases throughout California, working with both prosecution and defense. He has provided psychological evaluations for the Conditional Release Program in California, assessing mentally ill offenders who have paroled into the community.