Facing criminal charges is never pleasant. However, it can be especially difficult for those who did not break the law. How can you prove your innocence if you’ve been charged with a crime you didn’t commit?

Don’t assume that modern technology is sophisticated enough to prevent wrongful convictions for those misidentified as perpetrators. Mistaken identity still leads to improper convictions even now. With guidance, you could succeed in basing your defense on law enforcement misidentification. However, the burden of proof is on you to show that mistaken identity is at least reasonably possible.

How can you prove your innocence?

Challenge witnesses. You could improve your defense by discrediting unreliable witnesses or disproving their statements. For example, you might be able to show that a witness was incapacitated or singled you out for personal reasons.

Establish an alibi: Whenever possible, demonstrating that you were elsewhere and with another person when the offense occurred may help your case. Even if you were alone, consider exploring local video surveillance that may confirm you were in another place at the time.

Provide physical evidence. Prosecutors usually introduce biological or physical evidence like fingerprints or DNA in criminal matters. It is up to you and your team to refute such evidence, usually by showing that your prints or DNA do not match the evidence the prosecution presents.

Mistaken identity can arise in any criminal matter, from theft to homicide. Never assume that your innocence will prevent a conviction. Instead, take immediate steps to obtain experienced legal guidance that can help poke holes in the prosecution’s case.