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Q: What are the chances of someone getting convicted based on circumstantial evidence

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Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Thanks for your question. The answer depends on whether a good lawyer is hired to select a jury that will be favorable to the defense. Circumstantial evidence is not afford more or less weight unless the jury decides it is not credible.

The only time a defendant has his or her own fate in their hands is when the plea, once you go to a jury decision it is in their hands.

Tim Akpinar and Kiele Linroth Pace agree with this answer

Lucio Antonio Montes
Lucio Antonio Montes
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: No one can give you chances based on what you just asked. Just like all evidence, it depends on the strength of the evidence. A fingerprint at the scene of a crime is pretty good circumstantial evidence to establish that a person was at least present. Semen found in a sexual assault case is also another example of good circumstantial evidence that at least the person had sexual relations with the other person. It is merely evidence that one can make an inference from to establish a fact, like the examples above. You should consult with a local criminal defense attorney that can analyze your particular situation to give you a better idea of what he or she thinks the State can prove.

Kiele Linroth Pace and Tim Akpinar agree with this answer

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