Alibi Defense in Georgia
The majority of the American population is familiar with the term alibi. Television shows, movies, and radio stations always ask suspects if they have an alibi. Some aspects of the criminal justice system are exaggerated but having an alibi is just as important in real life as on television. Evidence that you were not at the scene of a crime or any evidence that reduce the probability of you committing the crime would constitute an alibi. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, an alibi is a excellent defense for your case. Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys to assist you in defending your case.
Georgia Law O.C.G.A. §16-3-40
The defense of alibi involves the impossibility of the accused's presence at the scene of the offense at the time of its commission. The range of the evidence with respect to time and place must be such as reasonably to exclude the possibility of presence at the scene of the crime.
In basic terms, an alibi consists of proof that the defendant was elsewhere when the crime was committed. It is not just that the accused must show he was somewhere else but that the evidence proves the impossibility of defendant's presence at the scene of the crime at the time of the crime's commission.
Example of Appropriate Alibi Defenses
A man is charged with first-degree murder of his wife. Neighbors argue that their car was in the driveway that night. However, the husband has receipts and surveillance footage showing that he was out of town on a business trip. Hotel staff confirmed his stay and witnesses testified that he was present for all the events and it would be impossible for him to have returned home and still made all the events.
That would be a sufficient alibi because all the evidence demonstrates that the probability of the husband killing his wife is extremely low.
Our Lawyers have extensive trial experience and are ready to help you fight your charges. An alibi is a strong defense, and we can help you present evidence supporting it. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. Your future is at stake so do not wait to call.