Montgomery, AL asked in Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: Is there a chain of evidence law or rules in a criminal cases in alabama

Is there a chain of evidence law in Alabama an will it be on your motion if discovery

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Travis T Juneau
Travis T Juneau
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: The chain of evidence relates to who had custody of an item or piece of evidence when to ensure it is preserved in an unaltered state for introduction at trial. Most felony reports will include a chain of evidence for key pieces but, not always. Further, a break in the chain does not inherently render a piece of evidence inadmissible. Rather, a break in the chain of evidence, if the item is authenticated by a witness, goes to the weight of the evidence instead of the admissibility.

Often, police reports will not have an enumerated chain of evidence but will say something in the narrative indicating which officer collected which items and who they were turned over to.

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