Burden of proof in the trial court.
At the Law Office of David Reagan, we understand the high burden of proof the district attorney faces to prove guilt in a criminal case. Every defendant is presumed innocent. The district attorney must present enough evidence at trial to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an accused person is guilty of the charged crime. The jury (or the judge if a defendant waives a jury trial) then decides if the evidence provided proved guilt. If the jury finds that the evidence did not establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, they must acquit the defendant of the crime.
Beyond a reasonable doubt standard explained.
Beyond a reasonable doubt is the highest burden of proof in the American legal system. Jury instruction CALCRIM 103 reads:
In deciding whether the People have proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt, you must impartially compare and consider all the evidence that was received throughout the entire trial. Unless the evidence proves the defendant[s] guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, (he/she/they) (is/are) entitled to an acquittal and you must find (him/her/them) not guilty.”
Oakland criminal defense attorney David Reagan uses his passion for social justice to overturn wrongful convictions, fight serious charges at trial, and clean all types of criminal records in the Bay Area.
"Mr. Reagan handled my court isuses in such a professional manner and had his briefs prepared so well that the Judge in Superior Court of Alameda County gave him kudos in "open court " That was the first time I have ever seen or heard of that happening. It made me very proud to be his client." -J.
Law Office of David Reagan
725 Washington Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone (510) 506-9061
Fax (510) 259-9379
Additional office located at:
210 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
by David Reagan