You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Posted By Carlson & Collier || 18-Mar-2016

Our laws protect anyone from being considered automatically criminally responsible. “Innocence until proven guilty” is one of the tenets of our justice system. Essentially, it places the burden on prosecutors, who have pressed the charges, to break down, analyze, and decipher the evidence. If prosecutors can prove that the person has committed a crime without a shred of doubt, then a jury would only need to decide. This is called proving that the crime has occurred “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The Legal Concept of Presumption of Innocent

In all criminal cases, prosecutors must find that the accused person, also called the defendant, has committed a criminal act “beyond a reasonable doubt,” no questions asked. The jury must also be convinced, and as jurors will have different opinions and life experiences to inform their decisions, rendering a verdict may prove to be a difficult task.

These are some of the consequences of “innocence until proven guilty:”

  • The defendant does not need to put up a defense—although hiring a criminal defense attorney is a wise decision, as this safeguards from arguments that prosecutors bring forth.
  • Defendants are given the benefit of the doubt.
  • Jurors who have any misgivings about the defendant’s culpability cannot find him or her guilty.
  • Jurors cannot find a defendant guilty unless it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Therefore, it is up to your Richmond criminal defense lawyer. At Carlson & Collier, we are familiar with every possible strategy for defense. In all the years we have been working to protect clients accused of serious criminal charges, we have found that many do not have a full grasp of the laws and, therefore, do not know what they are entitled to. We know what defendants’ rights are, however, which will be vital in your defense.

If you have any questions about the criminal process or if you are currently under investigation, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. We offer free, confidential consultations and are available 24/7.

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