Much of a criminal case revolving around drug crimes depends on the type of evidence recovered at the scene of the alleged crime. Since facing drug charges itself is so overwhelming, Ohio residents may not be aware that not all evidence collected holds the same weight, and not all of it can be admitted. Certain laws govern how different parties in criminal trial present evidence and how it is going to be evaluated. This subject is important in all criminal trials, and it is a major part of all trial involving drug charges.
It is important to understand the different types of evidence and how much credibility it will hold in court. Circumstantial evidence is perhaps, the most common type of evidence — it is evidence that is supposed to prove a fact by proving circumstances from which the matter can be reasonably inferred. For example, video surveillance that shows the accused was on the same block where the crime was committed could be considered strong circumstantial evidence.
Corroborating evidence is another type of evidence. It is evidence that, even though it is not directly related to the crime in question, it works to strengthen some other piece of evidence. For example, if someone claims they saw the accused at the scene of the alleged crime and another person claims the accused did not appear for work at the same time, this second statement could be considered corroborating evidence.
It is important to note though that not all statements made outside of court will be admitted. Hearsay, statements that are not made under oath or in an official statement, are not considered admissible in court. Similarly, evidence gathered in violation of one’s constitutional rights are excluded from the trial.
Having a basic knowledge about the law can be beneficial when officials claim they have strong evidence supporting their charges. A lawyer can help.