Legal Question in Civil Litigation in California

If I bring a case against someone who has committed theft against me,

can I use an email where they have admitted to stealing from others

to help support my claim?

Asked on 7/18/21, 3:10 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Timothy McCormick Haapala, Thompson & Abern, LLP

No. The California Evidence Code specifically prohibits introduction of "prior bad acts" evidence to prove a defendant did something wrong in your case. You also would find the email barred by the hearsay exclusion.

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Answered on 7/19/21, 10:16 am

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