We hear the phrase ‘reasonable doubt’ all the time.
Whether it’s in real life, books, or your favorite tv show, you’re bound to come across this concept. But have you ever taken the time to think about what it means?
As successful criminal attorneys in the Manatee County area, the firm of Flynn Law has the experience needed to provide individuals with the best defense possible.
Reasonable doubt is the key to doing this – here’s what you need to know.Providing the Jury with Reasonable Doubt
When a man or woman is asked to sit for a jury trial in Florida, the judge equips them with a packet of instructions. One of the most critical factors for them to consider is the idea of reasonable doubt.
The following text comes directly from the Florida Jury Instructions:
“A reasonable doubt is not a mere possible doubt…if, after carefully considering, comparing and weighing all the evidence, there is not an abiding conviction of guilt, or, if, having a conviction, it is one which is not stable but one which wavers and vacillates, then the charge is not proved beyond every reasonable doubt and you must find the defendant not guilty…”
In layman’s terms, the principle concept behind ‘reasonable doubt’ is for a prosecutor to eliminate the need for any other possible alternative to how a crime was committed. They must present concrete evidence that validates every piece of their argument and story.
Consider this typical scenario. Both lawyers have presented their arguments, and a jury member is thinking to themselves:
“I feel like they could be guilty. I also felt like the defendant’s testimony was honest, though, and can easily see another side to the story.”
In this situation, the defendant should be considered ‘not guilty’ as the prosecutor did not prove their guilt within a reasonable doubt.Manatee County Criminal Attorneys That Understand Reasonable Doubt
When a potential client approaches our criminal attorneys at Flynn Law, we start working through the story immediately. We’re able to pinpoint potential holes in a prosecutor’s argument and know exactly what it takes to maintain your innocence.
By law, the defendant in a trial doesn’t have to prove anything; that is the prosecutor’s responsibility.
Our job as your attorney is to work against their claims and provide the jury with the reasonable doubt needed to win back your freedom.
If you’re ready to get started, give us a call at 941-800-1140 today to set up a free consultation.