Several different kinds of evidence can play an impactful role in your criminal defense case. Discovering that evidence and applying it to your case can prove challenging, though, if you’ve never gone to criminal court before. Fortunately, you have experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side.
The criminal defense team in Phoenix can investigate the accusations brought against you and determine what forms of evidence may best help you defend yourself against wrongful charges. We can then compile that evidence and prepare to present it to a criminal judge and jury.
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Identifying Different Forms of Evidence in Discovery
The evidence you bring forward to defend yourself against criminal charges can take on a range of forms, both in terms of material and courtroom categorization. The evidence that tends to be most relevant to Arizona’s criminal defense cases includes the following:
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The term “documentary evidence” refers to data allegedly indicating proof of criminal conduct. For example, if you enter into a contract with someone and then face accusations of breaking that contract, both the prosecution and defense may bring that contract forward as documentary evidence.
There is no value distinction between primary documentary evidence and secondary documentary evidence. Both can contribute to your efforts to prove that you did not engage in criminal misconduct.
Rather, the primary documentary evidence category includes documents directly involved in the alleged criminal conduct. Secondary documentary evidence can include authenticated copies of that paperwork or paperwork discussing or modifying the original documents in question.
This increasingly digital age has seen an uptick in the amount of digital evidence brought forward in Arizona’s criminal cases. Both the prosecution and defense can gather digital data to build their cases. For example, if cell phone data, hard drive data, or information stored in the cloud proves relevant to your defense, our attorneys can integrate it into your defense.
Text messages, emails, and all digital data, including your Internet history, constitute digital evidence if proven relevant in a criminal case.
When you bring a criminal defense before an Arizona jury, you are obligated to walk that jury step-by-step through the prosecution’s accusations and your defense. This is where demonstrative evidence comes into play. Demonstrative evidence is not found at an accident scene but rather sought out by attorneys to provide context to a defense.
Demonstrative evidence can include area maps, recorded demonstrations of crimes, and other visual aids.
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There are three types of testimonials that a criminal defense attorney in Arizona can bring forward on behalf of the defendant. Bystander testimonies come from parties who witnessed an alleged crime. These parties can challenge the prosecution’s attempt to frame an exchange in a particular way.
Your criminal defense attorney may also find value in testimonials about your character from character witnesses. Character witnesses are people who know you, as well as experts, who can provide insights into your personality. These testimonials subsequently challenge the prosecution’s efforts to paint you as a dangerous criminal.
Lastly, there are expert witness testimonies to consider. Expert witnesses do not have to be present at the scene of an alleged crime to contribute to a criminal defense case. Instead, these parties can provide their expertise on medical, evidential, or environmental features related to the alleged crime.
A Phoenix criminal defense attorney can call on their professional network to bring expert witnesses and their testimonies to your case.
When the average person thinks about the evidence brought forward in a criminal case, they may most readily think of physical evidence. Media typically emphasizes the importance of evidence like weapons or broken materials found at an accident scene.
This evidence can play an important role in criminal defense as it can mitigate the prosecution’s attempt to place the accused party at the scene. That said, the importance of physical evidence will vary depending on the nature of the accusations brought against the defendant.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Bring Forward the Evidence Most Relevant to Your Defense
Criminal defense attorneys in Phoenix can help you navigate the complexities of discovery while prioritizing your access to the evidence that will help you build your best defense. You can count on your legal representatives to come at your case from all angles, thereby ensuring that a court and jury understand a case’s circumstances from your perspective.
If you need help defending yourself against wrongful charges, you can reach out to Suzuki Law Offices today. Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys can meet with you where you are to discuss the services you need.
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