Reasonable Doubt

Establishing Reasonable Doubt

Skilled Representation from an Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyer

In the U.S. criminal justice system, defendants are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty. In order for a guilty verdict to be reached, guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, which means that there is no evidence that raises even the smallest bit of logical doubt that the person committed the crime. Jurors are required to have a 100% abiding conviction that a person is guilty before they choose to convict that individual. A feeling that the defendant is "most likely guilty" or "probably guilty" is not enough to hand down a guilty verdict.

If you have been accused of a crime, you may be able to avoid conviction by showing that there is sufficient reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged offense. For example, reasonable doubt may be caused by the fact that video evidence is too blurry to properly identify the suspect, that there are inconsistencies in police reports or witness statements, or that DUI/OWI testing equipment that was used in your case was subject to technical errors on the day of your testing. Oakland County Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel D. Hajji can conduct an intensive investigation into your case and determine whether there are any grounds for claiming reasonable doubt. Let our experienced lawyer from Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law take an aggressive stand for your freedom!

How certain does a jury have to be?

Read the information below to better understand the burden of proof that is required in criminal cases in the U.S.

Guilty Verdict:
The juror believes the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (or with an abiding conviction).

Not Guilty Verdict:
The jury believes the defendant is…

  • Most likely guilty
  • Likely guilty
  • Probably guilty
  • Possibly guilty
  • Possibly not guilty
  • Probably not guilty
  • Likely not guilty
  • Most likely not guilty
  • Absolutely innocent

For help establishing reasonable doubt in your case, contact us and find out how our skilled attorney can assist you. Our criminal defense firm is backed by more than a decade of experience, and we offer free case evaluations!