What does it mean to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt?”

When a person is being tried for a crime, they are innocent until the prosecution proves they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means the defendant is innocent until the prosecution has demonstrated to the judge that there is no way, within reason, that someone other than the defendant committed the crime at hand.

Because criminal proceedings have such high stakes for the accused person, the level of proof required typically matches the severity of the proposed crime. Any evidence that gives a juror a sense of doubt is supposed to go in favor of the defendant. As such, it can be a good defensive strategy to reasonably cast doubt on the prosecution’s case, including questioning the reliability of witnesses and evidence.

If you are being charged with a crime, a Milwaukee criminal lawyer of Hart Powell, S.C. will work to help you protect your freedoms from the accusations you are facing. Contact our experienced legal team at (414) 271-9595 to learn more about how we can serve you.