Can a person be found guilty without evidence?
Can a person be convicted without evidence? The simple answer is, “no.” You cannot be convicted of a crime without evidence. You cannot be convicted of a federal crime. If there is no evidence against you, under the law, it simply is not possible for the prosecutor’s office to obtain a conviction at trial.
What does it mean to prove beyond a reasonable doubt?
It must be beyond a reasonable doubt. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you firmly convinced of the defendant’s guilt. There are very few things in this world that we know with absolute certainty, and in criminal cases the law does not require proof that overcomes every possible doubt.
What must the prosecution prove to get a guilty verdict?
The Prosecution must prove its case to the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt. The Magistrate hears all the evidence and decides the verdict. If it is a guilty verdict, the Magistrate will either impose a sentence, or set a later date for when a sentence will be imposed.