An alibi is convincing evidence that you were somewhere other than the
scene of a crime at the time that the crime occurred. Alibis are commonly
referred to on popular crime-fighting shows on T.V., but they can also
be used to help you when you are working through a criminal defense case.
Defendants can often offer an alibi defense without having to speak or
testify in the court. Instead, they can ask a witness to take the stand
in their place and prove that the defendant was at a location other than
the scene of the crime.
For example, if a man is charged with theft at a local mall, but his friends
can testify that he was at a cookout at a neighbor's home, then the
man may be acquitted from the case. Oftentimes, alibi defenses can help
the defendant, as the prosecution will then have to navigate the burden
of proof associated with this case. For example, if an individual claims
that he or she was elsewhere and others can testify, then this can make
it very difficult for the prosecution to prove that the defendant is guilty
belong a reasonable doubt.
To use an alibi in a court case, a defendant will need to give pre-trial
notice of the alibi. This means that the prosecution will need to be aware
of the details of the alibi beforehand, in accordance with the discovery
rules. With the prosecution also aware of the alibi, the prosecutors can
then research on their own to determine whether the alibi is true or false.
They may locate their own witnesses and collect their own evidence contrary
to that of the defendant if they find this necessary. If you want more
information about alibis then contact a lawyer at our
Plano criminal defense firm today!