Three ways you can challenge a witness in your criminal trial

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Evidence is the cornerstone of any criminal trial. The prosecution must prove that the defendant committed the crime in question beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction. And this requires evidence. 

A criminal trial can be a tense experience. If a witness in your trial is falsely testifying against you, you must counter their version. If you do not, and the judge or the jury buys their testimony, then you might have a difficult time proving your innocence and securing your freedom. Here are three questions that can help you mount a successful challenge against the prosecution’s witness during your trial.

1. Has the witness changed their story?

A witness may have given different or inconsistent statements to different parties. If this happens, you may be able to challenge their testimony by pointing out the inconsistency in their accounts.

2. Do you have other witnesses with different accounts?

Do you have a witness or two who have a different account of what transpired? It is important that you call these witnesses, cross-examine them, and point out the main points the other witnesses raised that are not true.

3. Is there other information to back you up?

If you have GPS or CCTV evidence to prove that you were at a different location when the said crime happened, then you can use it to challenge a witness testimony that claims that you were the perpetrator of the crime in question.

Facing a criminal charge is a big deal. If you have been accused of a crime you did not commit, get help to challenge false witness statements and protect your rights.