By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
One of the most common misconceptions in criminal law is people’s confusion about the difference between proving innocence and casting doubt. It’s an understandable mistake because after all — we’re all programmed since birth to hear ‘both sides of the story.’
In our system of justice — you are under absolutely no burden whatsoever to prove you are innocent. The prosecution must prove you’re guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. If they can’t, then you’re entitled to acquittal.
This is because another way of saying a person has a reasonable doubt is there is a reasonable chance the person is innocent too. So you can see the huge difference in demonstrating how innocence is a reasonable possibility and actually convincing jurors a person is innocent.
When I had jury duty in Collin County they even showed us a video where…
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