Friday, October 24, 2008

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

In the Eyes of the Law

In the eyes of the law, we are all "innocent until proven guilty", however the reality that occurs in courts across the state of Wisconsin and the nation every day is that an accused person is often assumed to be guilty, and often needs to prove his innocence to a jury in order to avoid a mistaken conviction.

In many instances, the laws of Wisconsin require the prosecution to prove an element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Meanwhile, the law provides that the defendant need not prove that the element did not occur or exist. However, many defendants who attempt to represent themselves or hire an attorney experienced in other areas of law find themselves on the short end of the stick when the verdict is read - guilty as charged. And because they did not have an experienced criminal defense attorney beside them to object to the many procedures, rulings and other objectionable aspects of a criminal trial, they have nothing to appeal. If you are a defendant, it may be wise for you to think of the phrase, "innocent until proven guilty" in terms of "defending your innocence". For that, you have but once chance, and it usually requires an experienced, aggressive and previously successful criminal defense attorney to do this for you.

If you are facing criminal charges, contact an attorney experienced in criminal law. Most Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys will provide you with an initial free consultation so that you can ask questions about the state's accusations. As always, we invite you to contact our office for a professional, straight-forward honest assessment of your situation and how the law might affect you today and in the future. And you can call on our dime: 1-866-262-4599.

Helpful information:
Beyond a reasonable doubt
Criminal trials in Wisconsin
Grand jury proceedings
The Sexual Assault Stigma