HOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE BEHIND BARS?

Posted on: May 18, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyWrongful convictions are more common than you might think. Since 1989, 321 people have been exonerated of serious crimes by new DNA evidence according to the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal group that works to exonerate people wrongly convicted. But isn’t the criminal justice system designed to ensure that only the guilty are punished and the innocent are acquitted? It is, but the legal system is also comprised of human beings, and as we all know quite well, human beings make more than a few mistakes. There’s simply no way to know how many innocent people are behind bars for crimes they did not commit. If you are charged in Orange County with a sex or drug crime, a robbery or theft, or a DUI, your best chance to avoid being wrongly convicted is to obtain promptly the advice and services of an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

Although every case is unique, the Innocence Project reports that 72 percent of the people wrongly convicted of crimes and later exonerated were convicted because of misidentifications by eyewitnesses. People are also wrongly convicted on the basis of informant testimony, because informants sometimes provide inaccurate testimony in return for consideration from prosecutors and the police. Coerced false confessions and inadequate legal defenses are also among the reasons for the large number of wrongful convictions. Many wrongful convictions happen for a combination of reasons that can make it exceedingly tough to prove someone’s innocence.

Forget about what you see on television. In real life, police officers make mistakes, some crimes are not fully investigated, and the wrong people sometimes end up in jail. If you are charged in Orange County with a DUI, a robbery, theft, sex crime, or drug crime – whether you believe that you are innocent or guilty – get good legal representation at once and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

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