What Needs to Be Proven Against me to be Convicted?

 

What has to be proven against you to be convicted?

 

The answer to this question of course depends on what charge you are facing.  The best way to determine exactly what has to be proven is to look at the Washington Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions.  These instructions list out an element by element breakdown of exactly what has to be proven against you for particular offenses.  Rather than try to decipher this for yourself, simply give us a call and we will explain everything.

Also keep in mind that you, as the accused, are innocent until proven guilty and in most cases, you do not have any burden of proof.  In other words, it is up the prosecution to prove you guilty, and they must do so beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest standard of evidence that exists in the law.

Burden of Proof

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