Police often rely on eyewitness identification of the accused person in criminally chagrining him. On the face of it, these witnesses may seem very reliable when they are neutral third parties with no ties to the accused or the victim. The testimony of a witness can be a powerful piece of evidence to a jury. However, the opposite can really be true. Eyewitnesses have a high rate of making errors when identifying the so-called perpetrator of the crime. If you were arrested based on an eyewitness placing you at the scene of the crime, you should not give up hope of fighting the charges.
Many factors go into why an eyewitness may have thought he saw the person being charged with the crime. A witness who is adamant is unfortunately no more reliable than one who admits to being less certain in his identification. Reasons eyewitnesses make mistakes include:
An experienced criminal defense attorney will understand the problems with eyewitness identification and have strategies to highlight the weaknesses in the eyewitness identification of your case. If you have been charged with a crime, start an online chat or call us at 888-733-2992 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how our criminal defense attorneys can help you.