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Proving an Alibi: The Lawyer’s Role

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Perhaps the most common criminal defense invoked by defendants is the “I wasn’t there” story, also known as an alibi. In many detective stories, proving a cast-iron alibi is taken as a matter of course but in fact a solid, unshakeable alibi is rare. The criminal defense lawyer’s role is to substantiate an alibi enough to establish reasonable doubt to a jury that the defendant was responsible for a crime.

In some cases, it is a physical incapacity of the defendant to commit the crime that serves as a defense. In lieu of that, the alibi is used to prove the physical impossibility of committing a crime such as being in another location at the time as attested to by documents such as gas receipts, GPS data, plane tickets, photographs, or another person.

Because it is relatively easy to fake an alibi, an experienced defense lawyer should endeavor to provide a preponderance of evidence unless the sole evidence is irrefutable such as an independent source i.e. newspaper article placing the defendant in a location far from the scene of the alleged crime.

In a case against famous comedian Bill Cosby, the plaintiff named the Playboy Mansion (in California) as the venue where she was allegedly raped by Cosby at a specific event held in August 2008. Cosby’s lawyers contend that at that time, the comedian was in New York, and would submit documentary evidence supporting this contention. At the time of this publication, the nature of the evidence had not yet been shared. Considering that Cosby has been accused by several women of similar crimes (though so far unproven), the alibi would have to be solid indeed to convince a jury that the charges were unsubstantiated.

In many instances, an alibi is hard to prove because the defendant may have stayed at home alone during the commission of the crime, or the defendant was unable to remember the events of that period. It is the role of the criminal defense lawyer to explore all avenues to find evidence that would prove an alibi for the client, and a competent one will do so if there is one at all.

Dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury

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The National Conference of State Legislatures defines Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a “disruption in the normal functioning of the brain due to a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating head injury”. It is caused by a severe external blow to the head, which could be done deliberately or otherwise.

An injury like this could prove to be most severe as it is one of the primary causes of death all over the world, especially amongst children and young adults. The brain is a delicate part of the human body – and yet it controls everything, voluntary and involuntary. To lose control of that part of our body is to lose control of ourselves entirely. According to the Sampson Law Firm website, an injury of this magnitude is often permanent and can dramatically alter the lifestyle of not just the victim but also the victim’s family, friends, and loved ones.

If you have been dealt with sudden trauma to the head and if this circumstance has caused you significant intracranial injury, you are warranted to contact legal assistance in order to press charges. Brain injuries are possibly among of the most serious of all, for if your mind were to be injured, everything about you could disappear in a moment – like breath on a mirror.

There could be many causes as to why you might sustain this kind of injury and some of them could be as rueful as missing a step on the stairwell. However, sometimes injuries of this manner could have been avoided if it weren’t for the negligence of another party. If this is the case for you or for your loved ones, it is advised for you to seek legal action immediately in order to quickly hold the guilty persons responsible for their actions. Not only will justice be served for you to be able to be at peace with returning to normal but you could also receive worthy compensation for the tragedy dealt upon you and those that this injury will affect.

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