Presumption of Innocence

The presumption of innocence means that the accused person does not have to testify, present evidence, or, prove anything. If the prosecution fails to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the accused must be found not guilty. In other words, the innocence of the accused remains unless and until the prosecutor satisfies the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty. The presumption of innocence has been defined as a test requiring proof much closer to absolute certainty than probability.

 

2022 Criminal Trial Strategies - Patrick J Ducharme

The above is the an excerpt of Patrick J Ducharme’s book, Criminal Trial Strategies, available at Amazon or in bulk through MedicaLegal Publishing.

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