A Good Alibi May be a Great Defense
An alibi is evidence showing that an accused individual was not at the scene of the crime when it was committed. A good alibi is an excellent defense for a person who is charged with committing a crime. A criminal defendant should immediately discuss a potential alibi with an experienced lawyer.
If a disinterested individual testifies that the defendant was not at the scene of the alleged crime, his testimony could potentially provide the defendant with a successful alibi. If the jury believes the third party’s testimony, the charges against the defendant may be dropped.
For example, if an individual is charged with robbing a convenience store at 8 p.m. on a Friday, and a waiter at a restaurant testifies that the individual was eating a leisurely meal at the restaurant at the time of the theft, the accusations against the defendant may be abandoned because of the strong alibi. The defendant’s dining companions can also provide a helpful alibi by testifying that they were with the accused person at the time of the alleged crime.
An Alibi Must be Disclosed Before Trial
Under normal circumstances, a defendant with a potential alibi must inform the prosecution about his alibi evidence before the start of the trial. A skilled criminal attorney will know about the alibi rules in their state and will make sure that the defendant discloses alibi evidence prior to the hearing.
After it has been revealed that the defendant has an alibi, the prosecution will investigate the evidence to see if the alibi is credible. In the example above, the prosecution would question the waiter. If it turns out that the waiter was not working on the night in question, prosecutors will use that fact at trial to discredit the alibi evidence.
Establishing an Alibi
A believable alibi provides a strong defense for an individual charged with a crime because if the defendant was not at the scene, there’s not much of a possibility that he could have committed the crime.
A defendant may establish an alibi without waiving his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. He is not required to testify at his own trial just because he has alibi evidence. Any person who can prove that the defendant was not present at the crime scene can provide an alibi. A criminal lawyer can help a defendant decide the best way to introduce evidence concerning an alibi.