A Defense Lawyer Looks Into Evidence Collection and Admissibility

The evidence of a crime that’s collected is used to determine who committed the crime and to prove they did actually commit the crime once the case goes to trial. Evidence can include anything that can be used to prove guilt or innocence in the case. When a person is arrested for a crime, their lawyer will look into the evidence collection and admissibility before a trial begins.

Evidence Collection

Evidence can be collected before, during or after an arrest. It can include DNA, fingerprints, objects, witness statements, and more. Anything that is collected needs to be collected properly for it to be allowed in court. There are regulations for the collection and storage of evidence to ensure it is properly handled from the time it is discovered to the time it’s used in court.  

Evidence Admissibility

Evidence will generally be admissible in court unless the defense lawyer asks to have it suppressed. They can request this based on the improper collection, improper storage, or other issues with the evidence. If a piece of evidence is suppressed, this means it cannot be used during the trial. Additionally, if a key piece of evidence is suppressed, it could lead to further evidence being suppressed depending on the situation and could lead to little evidence being allowed in a trial. 

Insufficient Evidence for Proving Guilt

The less evidence used in court, the lower the chance the person is found guilty. If enough of the evidence can be suppressed, the case might not even go to court because there won’t be enough left to try to prove the person committed the crime. Even if the case does go to trial, it could give the person a better chance of being found not guilty because the lack of evidence could provide reasonable doubt they committed the crime. 

If you’ve been arrested, just because there is a lot of evidence in your case does not guarantee you’ll be found guilty. Instead, take the time to learn more about how a Tulsa criminal defense lawyer could help you avoid a conviction or lower the charges against you. This could minimize the impact this case will have on your life.