Lying Witness

Lying Witness

Did you know that just one testifying witness, even without any other physical evidence, can lead to a criminal conviction? That’s right, a jury can find a person guilty if they find that witness credible enough. Many cases proceed with just testimony alone. To attack credibility, an attorney can locate: 

  • Past criminal conduct of the witness (felonies & crimes of dishonesty)
  • Hidden bias (against a class of persons or against the accused in particular)
  • Underlying motivations to lie or exaggerate
  • Inconsistent statements the witness has made about the incident
  • Witnesses whose testimony contradicts the State’s witnesses


Lack of Knowledge

Unfortunately, not knowing the law itself is not a defense to any crime in Florida. Neither is it a defense to statutory rape when the accused didn’t know the age of the minor. However, there are instances where lack of knowledge can be a defense such as:

  • Drug Possession: Unaware drugs were in the car or home
  • Firearm Possession: Unaware firearm was in the car or home
  • Crimes against Police: Unaware it was a police officer

Driving on Suspended License:   Unaware license was suspended

Reasonable Doubt

Every person charged with a crime is entitled to a presumption of innocence. The State is required to prove guilt beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt. The Defendant is not required to disprove anything. Even if all other defenses are unavailable, this defense always remains. Simply put, if the State didn’t prove their case, the jury must acquit. A reasonable doubt can come from the quality of the evidence itself or a general lack of evidence.

If you’re facing any charges, contact Blaine today to discuss your case.