The news often shows cases where it might be obvious a person is guilty, but they are found not guilty due to a technicality. When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they have the right to a fair trial. During this trial, their lawyer might try to show the prosecution doesn’t have sufficient evidence for a conviction and, as a result, might use a technicality to help the person obtain a not-guilty verdict.
What Does It Mean to Get Off on a Technicality?
When a person seems to be guilty, but a minor error leads to a lack of evidence or a doubt that the person is guilty, they can be found not-guilty because of a technicality. One example of this is when the police department makes a mistake while gathering evidence, which then means the evidence cannot be used in court against the person. Without the evidence, it might be more difficult for the prosecution to prove the person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
A person who is found guilty should be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is any doubt the person is guilty, they should be found not-guilty. The person’s lawyer will use technicalities like the example above and other defenses to show there is doubt the person is actually guilty. This can help them obtain a not-guilty verdict for their client in a trial.
How a Lawyer Can Help Their Client
The lawyer will look through the person’s case to find anything they can have suppressed from the trial or to find anything they can use to place doubt on the person’s guilt. They do not have to prove the person is innocent of the charges; they just need to prove there is some doubt as to whether the person is guilty of the charges.
If you’ve been arrested, it might be possible for you to avoid a conviction. A lawyer like Aric Cramer will do as much as possible to ensure you receive a fair trial and ensure you are found not guilty if possible. Contact his office or visit his website today to learn more about how he can help you and what it might be possible to do in your case.