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How documentation helps with an alibi

| Nov 10, 2020 | Criminal Defense

If you’ve been accused of a serious crime, you may know well that you’re innocent. The trouble could lie in the fact that it’s hard to prove to a prosecutor, judge or jury that you’re telling the truth. One of the more common ways to do this is to show that you have an alibi.

What’s an alibi? In short, it’s any claim that indicates it would have been impossible for you to be involved with the crime because you were somewhere else or otherwise incapable of the actions involved.

The strongest alibis are those for which you can provide documentation. For instance, perhaps you were actually having medical treatment on the day that a specific crime was committed. You have pictures on your phone from the doctor’s office that you took to show your friends. You checked in on social media. The doctor has medical records from the day, and they clearly indicate the time that you were there. It’s not hard to compare these records to the time that the crime happened and show that you were nowhere near the scene.

The problem is that many people don’t really document their lives all that closely — and alibis aren’t always that neat. If you were just at home having dinner by yourself at the time the crime occurred, for example, you can explain that to the jury. You can be 100% honest and detailed about what you did, but without any “hard” evidence of your whereabouts, the jury will just have to decide if they believe you

One of the benefits of the modern age is that many people and things are digitally tracked. For example, maybe you used your GPS to drive home, and you have a record of that trip. Maybe you watched a movie on a streaming service while you ate dinner, and you have the numbers showing exactly when you bought the movie and how long you watched it. Maybe your Apple watch recorded where you were at all times. Sometimes people have evidence that supports their alibis without even realizing it.

Evidence may exist that can help your defense. Be sure you know what legal options you have. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help.