When a person is charged with a crime, the prosecutor must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict them of a criminal charge. One of the hallmarks of the American legal system is the presumption that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This means that for the judge and the court you are innocent until there is evidence to show that you are not. During your process, you will never be forced to speak, and silence will not be used against you. But if a judge shows evidence proving that you are guilty, you can prove your innocence in three ways.
Witnesses are those who have seen or heard something relevant about the alleged crime committed. If you have been charged with a criminal offense and have witnesses to prove your innocence, it is extremely important to bring them to court to testify. For example, if you were accused of robbing someone or hurting someone, but you were somewhere else at the time, you can bring the person who was with you. The opinion of another person will always be a fundamental part of your case and above all to prove your innocence.
- Evidence/ Documents
The evidence consists of all documents, photographs, videos, writings, sound recordings, etc. That can prove your innocence. These have a huge weight when it comes to demonstrating that you are unaffiliated with the charges you have been subjected to.
- Expert Tests
Experts are tests carried out by experts such as DNA, fingerprints, shoe prints, etc. This evidence is also called indirect evidence and has much more weight when there is an absence of direct evidence (documents). For example, the judge may conclude that the only reasonable explanation for the existence of a DNA print at the crime scene is because you are the one who committed the crime, even though you didn’t, and your print is there for some other reason.
For all these reasons it is very important to always have something or someone to support your case. Even when you have these, the most important thing would be to have a good lawyer to help and advise you throughout this process. Let’s remember that each case is different, but a lawyer is always essential for all types of cases.
Russell Spatz understands the challenges that many people face when dealing with legal issues, and he works hard to help his clients move through them, which is why he takes the time to keep you informed at all stages of your case. No one is more affected by your legal matter than you, which is why he strives to provide timely responses to your inquiries and help you participate in your case as much as you want.
To arrange a consultation with Russell Spatz, contact him at 305-442-0200.