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Collecting Evidence to Prove Innocence

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What do you do if accused of a crime? The wisest thing to do is call your lawyer. He or she is the only one who can advise you on the best steps to take to protect your rights and ensure that you do not jeopardize your defense. Your lawyer also handles the collection of all kinds of evidence you need to present a good defense in court.

Collecting Evidence to Prove Innocence

Your lawyer uses a few methods to gather the information needed to provide a solid defense for you. He can:

  • interview witnesses
  • request physical evidence
  • send written questions to persons involved in your case
  • request opposing party to verify and authenticate certain evidence

These methods are called modes of discovery. They allow your lawyer to gather all necessary evidence for and against you, which is useful in crafting your defense and countering the accusations and allegations that the other party will throw at you. Your lawyer often does this with the help of a legal team who conducts interviews, digs through documents and pieces together timelines to support your defense.

Information Revealed by Evidence

Some information that will be uncovered by these methods include:

  • background of witnesses
  • anything heard or seen related to the case
  • documents related to the case
  • occurrence of related events
  • identity of anyone involved in the case

Why Work with a lawyer?  

Working with a lawyer who specializes in criminal defense is crucial if you want a fair chance of countering the charges against you.

A criminal defense lawyer has access to important evidence that the client often does not. Your lawyer also knows the proper protocol required in evidence gathering, so you’re assured that evidence gathered is admissible in court.

The Brady Material

Most laymen are unaware that they can compel the prosecution to disclose exculpatory evidence in possession of the latter. Exculpatory evidence is evidence that helps the defendant with his or her defense. This evidence could prove innocence, or support a lesser punishment. The right to have exculpatory evidence revealed is a right protected by the Constitution.

Your lawyer can file a request that relevant material and evidence such as exculpatory evidence be revealed. He can also make sure that no exculpatory evidence of any kind is hidden for presentation during trial.