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How is it legally possible for the Municipal Judge to convict me without the testimonies of the victim and witnesses?

Wichita, KS |

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.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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