When it comes to criminal charges, reasonable doubt will either make or break your case. So, what is reasonable doubt? And what role does it play in your defence?
First rule of any criminal case: the obligation is on the Prosecution to prove their case. That means that you don’t have to do anything at all. You are perfectly entitled to sit back and say to the Prosecution, “if that’s what you’re claiming, then prove it”.
In some cases, the defence may even make a “no case to answer” argument – in other words, that the evidence doesn’t even give rise to a proper allegation in the first place.
But the majority of the time, the Prosecution will have a case with just enough evidence to support the bare bones of their allegations. The key is what happens next.
The prosecution must prove their case… beyond all reasonable doubt. And here’s what reasonable doubt means:
It’s NOT enough for the jury to think that it’s possible Mr Smith committed the murder.
It’s NOT enough for the jury to think that it’s likely Mr Smith committed the murder.
It’s NOT even enough for the jury to think it’s highly likely that Mr Smith committed the murder.
The jury must be SURE.
To succeed in your defence, all that’s necessary is to raise reasonable doubt.
Not that hard – success requires only a grain of doubt. So where do most lawyers get it wrong?
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