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Know how to address witness credibility in your criminal case

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2021 | Uncategorized

Going up against aggressive prosecutors can be tough. These men and women often have years, sometimes even decades, of experience, and they know how to build compelling cases. However, much of their case in any given instance is probably based on two things: witness testimony and physical evidence. Even if the evidence in these areas seems insurmountable, you might have strong criminal defense options at your disposal.

Attacking witness credibility

Judges and juries are allowed to give a witness’s testimony as much weight as they feel is appropriate. This means that a witness’s credibility can come into play in a big way. If you can attack a witness’s credibility, then you might raise enough doubt to obtain a conviction.

There’s a variety of ways to go about attacking witness credibility. First, you can use depositions to lock in a witness’s testimony and then use that testimony to point out inconsistent statements at trial. You might also be able to use a witnesses motives or biases to show that their testimony is tainted. Even prior criminal convictions can play an important role in attacking witness credibility, especially if the offense in question involved some sort of dishonest.

Attacking physical evidence

Likewise, when it comes to physical evidence you might be able to suppress the most damaging being used against you. Evidence that was illegally obtained, for example, can be suppressed, and you can attack the validity of evidence that was gathered in violation of chain of custody protocols.

Building your criminal defense

You can’t afford to leave a stone unturned in your criminal defense. Instead, you need to be thorough and build the holistic and aggressive criminal defense you need and deserve. If you’d like to learn more about how to do that, then you may want to discuss your circumstances with a criminal defense attorney with a track record of proven success.

 

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.