i was recently arrested with robbery. the victim had his wallet, money, and belongings such as his cell phone on him. I had none of his property on me or around my location. I was wondering how i was charged just based on his word, and also was wondering if my case would most likely be dropped.
3 Answers from Attorneys
Not only is the complainant's word enough to have you charged, but if the court or a jury believes him, it is enough without more to convict. A jury or judge is free to believe all, some or none of what any witness says. The law does not distinguish between direct and circumstantial evidence. Most prosecutors proceed, if the complainant wants to prosecute.
Certainly, the complaintant's word establishes probable cause with a Commissioner and with many police officers; but in most cases their word alone will not result in a conviction. A judge or jury is required to have enough information to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. With quality representation, the facts as you have presented them should not rise to that level. It is imparative that you contact an qualified attorney as soon as possible. You should contact someone with experience in criminal law. Please feel free to contact me or visit my firm on the web.
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No, your case will not most likely be dropped! Get a lawyer immediately!
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