Most people know that you have to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt when facing trial, but may not have actually given it much thought until they are facing serious criminal charges.
In court, the prosecutor carries the burden of proof, meaning they need to convince the court that the defendant is guilty of the crimes the person is being prosecuted for. ” Beyond a reasonable doubt ” means that a prosecutor must prove someone guilty without any possibility they could be innocent. As a Tennessee criminal defense lawyer, it is crucial I help my clients understand what this may mean for them and their case.
Although reasonable doubt definitions may vary slightly, usually if a juror believes with moral certainty that someone is guilty of a crime, even if a small amount of doubt is present, he or she may vote to convict.
In the United States criminal justice system, a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Therefore the prosecutor and his or her team to build a solid case against the defendant.
A lot is at stake within a criminal trial. Most importantly, the defendant’s freedom is at stake. Because of this, the prosecutor must prove each aspect of a crime or the defendant has not been given due process, which is a right.
If you are facing any type of criminal prosecution, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Tennessee criminal lawyer who will be able to fight on your behalf. Call for your free, initial consultation.