Sometimes a person alleges a crime against another without any other witnesses. Primarily, it comes down to this person’s word against the other. When an attorney defends someone in such a case, it is necessary for them to obtain all documents pertinent to the case, such as police reports and medical documentation.
Finding Inconsistencies in Testimony
Those who allege a crime can sometimes give inaccurate testimony or exaggerate what happened. They could even lie.
For example, a woman recently alleged in a police statement that a man assaulted her and that he not only broke her nose but also knocked her unconscious. In response to this statement, the police arrested a man, who hired an attorney to defend him. This attorney then obtained the police report and the alleged victim’s medical records and discovered numerous inconsistencies.
First and foremost, the lawyer discovered that the victim identified her assailant as someone other than the defendant. What’s more, the woman’s testimony was inconsistent with the medical records.
Criminal defense lawyers must always ascertain whether an accuser is telling the truth. If they are, then the defendant must accept responsibility for their actions. But if there are inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony with the relevant statements and documentation, a lawyer must use this information to convince a jury that reasonable doubt about the defendant’s guilt exists.
Finding Inconsistencies in Identification
People may falsely accuse others for a variety of reasons. They could have psychological issues, they may have a personal vendetta against the defendant, or they only could have made a mistake.
For example, the police recently accused a man of armed robbery. The lawyer defending this man obtained the arrest affidavit and found inconsistencies between the description of the defendant and the person the witness identified as the culprit. She recognized the man as being 6’2″ tall, but the man she selected in a photographic lineup was only 5’10” tall.
Defense lawyers must always look for these types of inconsistencies when determining if a defendant is guilty of an alleged crime. This is why it is crucial for attorneys to gather and analyze relevant documentation: to make sure that the accuser is telling the truth. This is especially important in cases where there are no other witnesses to the crime. Gathering and analyzing documentation can often be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
Fight False Accusations with a Louisiana Defense Lawyer
If you’re standing trial for a crime you didn’t commit, it’s vital to get the right legal help. At The John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm, attorney Eric Johnson understands the importance of fully investigating and evaluating evidence for our clients to secure a favorable outcome. With decades of experience in criminal law, we’ve been able to help hundreds of Louisiana residents resolve their cases. Call 318-377-1555 or complete our contact form for a free consultation.