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Eyewitness misidentification is one of the main causes of wrongful convictions in the United States, according to the California Innocence Project. Even so, eyewitness identification is still considered one of the most powerful types of evidence that can be used against a criminal defendant in a court of law. This flies in the face of the fact that there is a high rate of error when it comes to stranger eyewitness identification. According to statistics, as many as one out of every four eyewitness accounts are inaccurate.
But why is there such a high margin of error when it comes to eyewitness identification? Legal experts say that a number of factors and circumstances can make eyewitness testimony less than reliable. Among them:
Nonetheless, the eyewitness testimony and identification of the perpetrator is an incredibly powerful thing for a jury to see. DNA evidence notwithstanding, nothing is more damaging to a defendant’s case than a witness placing him or her at the scene and as a participant in the crime. Even though witness IDs are not always what they seem to be. Poor identification of a defendant by a witness has landed many people in jail unfairly.
If you are facing a serious criminal charge, don’t trust your liberty and freedom to an incompetent lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Okabe & Haushalter and our Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at 310-430-7799 now to discuss your case details.