Anyone being accused of or charged with a crime is in a stressful situation. However, it is important to remember that before you can be convicted of a crime, the burden is on the prosecution to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you committed that crime. The black letter definition of reasonable doubt defines it as a doubt that prevents one from being firmly convinced of defendant’s guilt, or the belief that there is a real possibility that a defendant is not guilty. During a criminal trial a judge will instruct the jury that reasonable doubt does not mean the elimination of any possible doubt or scientific certainty.
Creating reasonable doubt requires your defense counsel to find issues to persuade a judge or jury to find that the prosecution has not met its burden of establishing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Creating reasonable doubt requires your defense counsel to plan and introduce pieces of evidence and issues which persuade the Judge or Jury to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and that they have not met their burden of proof. A successful defense creates doubt favorable to the defendant which is the key to your success during a criminal prosecution.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, contact John A. Gummo today at 570-320-2880 for a free consultation and to discuss your legal rights and options.