Patrick Wiita MD

Dr. Patrick Wiita MD

Hilton Head Island , SC 29928
Office: 843-802-9030

I am a formally-trained forensic psychiatric consultant and expert witness with extensive experience in the mental health aspects of civil and criminal law. I am Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. I have conducted over 2,500 Forensic psychiatric evaluations and I have testified in deposition, bench and jury trials. I have been retained by criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors as well as attorneys representing civil litigants.

Areas of Expertise
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluation
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Malingering
  • Pharmacology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity/Competency to Stand Trial
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified in General Psychiatry

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) 2011

License to practice medicine in California and South Carolina
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Academy of Psychiatry and Law
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychiatry and the Law, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2017-2019;

Understanding Juvenile Mental Health Issues. Presented at the California Public Defenders Association Juvenile Defense Seminar. Monterey, CA. January 21, 2017.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Between 2500 and 3000
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Child Psychiatry
Child sexual abuse
Reliability of child witness testimony
Juvenile delinquency
Trial competence
Criminal responsibility
Medical decision making
Civil commitment
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: October 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Between 2500 and 3000
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 20+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 9
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Psychiatric evaluations (in person and via telepsychiatry)
Expert reports
Litigation consulting
Case review
Second opinion
Forensic psychiatric evaluation, report writing, testimony
Evaluating incarcerated individuals
Attorney education
Preparing experts for testimony/cross examination
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $500/hr
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $500/hr
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $500/hr
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $500/hr
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: See retainer agreement


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