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Raising a reasonable doubt in a criminal trial

Most of our Fresno readers probably know that the standard that a prosecutor has to meet for a case to result in a criminal conviction is "beyond a reasonable doubt." Movies and television shows focused on criminal law and courtroom action have left many of us familiar with this fact. In general, if a defendant can raise the specter of a reasonable doubt that the crime did not occur the way the prosecution says it did, the defendant may be found not guilty.

An entire criminal defense strategy can be aimed at raising that reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors. A criminal trial can be a day-long process - or even longer for more complicated cases. Jurors will be paying attention to all of the testimony that is given and all of the evidence that is admitted. Every criminal charge has elements that must each be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If a reasonable doubt can be raised about even one of those elements, a defendant could have a chance to hear a not guilty verdict.

At our law firm, we know that the raising a reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors is one of the best ways to get the desired result for our clients. Even though in many high-profile cases the media may weaken or ignore the "innocent until proven guilty" standard that our criminal courts hold to, all of the facts must be heard before a person's liberty is restricted after a criminal conviction.

Our law firm has represented many clients in jury trials and we have had many successes. For more information on our law firm's track record, please visit the success stories page of our website.

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