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Explination of Evidence in Criminal Law

What is and is not admissible evidence is vitally important to anyone accussed of a crime. In order to convict a defendant of a crime a prosecutor must have admissible evidence against that defendant. What is considered "proof" or "evidence" in everday life often times is not even admissible in a court of law. The "Rules of Evidence" or the "Evidence Code" and ""Case Law" that interprets those rules play an important role in every criminal case. In Oklahoma the "Evidence Code" can be found beginning at Oklahoma Statutes Title 12 Section 2101.

The term evidence includes the "testimony" of witnesses. In many criminal cases the only evidence that the state has against a defendant is "testimony".

Evidence is the testimony received from the witnesses under oath, stipulations made by the attorneys, and the exhibits admitted into evidence during the trial. (See Oklahoma Jury Instruction OUJI-CR-13-16)

When hiring a criminal lawyer it is important to pick a lawyer that has a good understanding of the "Rules of Evidence".

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