What is a Criminal Conviction?

November 22, 2017

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

A conviction as a legal determination is made by a judge or jury based on facts. Those facts, before they’re presented to a judge or jury, are allegations. The judge and the jury make the determination about whether something occurred. They base on a number of things such as the credibility, the witnesses, and the evidence. A conviction is an assessment of the evidence that’s presented in front of that judge and presented in front of that jury as to whether something did or did not happen. If you’re facing allegations, whether they be misdemeanor or felony allegations, it is important to attack those as quickly as you can.

In some cases, you can rely on certain evidence. For example, is there a video out there from a gas station needs to be obtained, is there a video from a store that you can get? In cases with videos, those videos aren’t retained for an extended period of time. It might be only matter of days that delay could hurt your case. And it could mean that the state of Indiana can more easily prove their case and can more easily result in a conviction. Therefore, it’s important to seek out counsel to understand what your rights are, when you can petition the court and when the timing is right.