I ended up getting found guilty even though I denied ever committing the charges.
The victim and witness did not show up. This is NOT a domestic case so I believe special statutes regarding the victim's appearance to testify are not applicable.
The only person that testified against me was the arresting officer.
Criminal Defense Attorney
All that is needed is evidence, not from any particular witness. If you did not object to hearsay, the judge took it into account.
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Yes, the judge can find you guilty based solely on the testimony of the officer if he provides evidence of each element and the judge believes it beyond a reasonable doubt. Your denial did not convince the judge that a reasonable doubt existed. This is galling, but happens regularly.
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