No one can be convicted of committing a crime without evidence. However, there are some cases in which certain evidence is, or should be, inadmissible and therefore disregarded when determining the defendant’s guilt. What makes certain types of evidence inadmissible? Our defense team is here to explain.
Illegally Obtained Evidence
This is one of the most common reasons why criminal case evidence is deemed inadmissible. If the police officers or investigators collected evidence against the defendant using illegal practices, then the evidence can be suppressed. For example, if they violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment protection for illegal search and seizure when collecting evidence for a drug case. In this instance, the defense team can prove that law enforcement violated the law and cannot use any evidence collected as a result.
Hearsay evidence refers to verbal evidence and includes statements that were made outside of the courtroom, but are reported while in court. For example, someone testifying about something a witness told them. Because the individual testifying is not the witness themself, this is considered hearsay.
It’s important to note that there are some exceptions and at times, hearsay may be admissible. This is something your defense attorney can help you understand should hearsay become a factor in your case.
Sometimes, defendants confess to committing crimes because of the undue pressure law enforcement puts on them during questioning. At times, they may even feel threatened and pressured to confess– whether or not they are guilty. If the defendant made a coerced confession, it may be deemed inadmissible as the defendant was not acting on their own free will when making the statement of guilt.
Broward County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to fight for evidence to be suppressed, ultimately helping the defendant’s case tremendously. If you are facing criminal charges, you need the help of our team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A.. We will do everything in our power to protect you and your future. Schedule a consultation with our team today.