You may be facing criminal charges but now wonder whether or not your criminal lawyer can prove your innocence in the case.

Since a judge or jury was not present at the time of the crime you are accused of, they need viable proof that you committed that crime in order to convict you. 

The prosecution needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they have the right person in custody. A criminal defense lawyer needs to establish reasonable doubt in order for you to be acquitted of the crime.

How does a criminal defense lawyer prove reasonable doubt? Here is what your lawyer uses to prove reasonable doubt in your case.

The Police Had Probable Cause To Arrest You

In order for you to be charged with a crime, the police need to have probable cause to obtain a search warrant or arrest you. This means they need to have enough evidence or a reasonable amount of certainty to go to a judge and get a search warrant. If they feel they have found enough evidence in their case, they will charge you with a crime.

A criminal defense lawyer can potentially find weaknesses in this probable cause evidence. For example, a lawyer can create doubt in the judge's or jurors' minds by questioning why the police had the belief that you were either going to commit a crime or had committed the crime they arrested you for.

If it's mostly based on circumstantial evidence, such as a witness saying they saw you in the general area of the crime, your lawyer can say it doesn't prove you actually are responsible.

In order to be proven guilty, the jury or judge needs to have certainty that you committed the crime, and throwing doubt on the prosecution's probable cause evidence can help acquit you.

Credible Physical Evidence

A criminal lawyer could get you acquitted of any charges by disputing any physical evidence the prosecution presents. The prosecution needs to tie any credible physical evidence to you in order for you to be convicted.

For example, DNA evidence needs to exactly or closely match your DNA, fingerprints, hair, and fiber, or even threads from your clothing must be matched to the crime scene when used against you in court. If it doesn't, or only loosely does, it may not be enough evidence to convict you.

If the prosecution can't match credible physical evidence directly to you, the case against you is weaker and you are more likely to be acquitted of the charges. For more information, contact a company like the Law Office of Dorothy Naumann LLC.