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Is circumstantial evidence enough to convict someone at trial

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If someone is accused of stealing money and all they have is circumstantial evidence.
no eye witnesses, no video footage or hard evidence, is it enough for the court/jury to find the person guilty at trial?

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Yes. Circumstantial evidence can be enough to convict someone. The question to the jury will be did the State prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt? It will come down to what is the actual evidence and can there be interpretations of the evidence other than that the accused committed a crime. The defense attorney will likely question the State's witnesses about other possible interpretations of the evidence. What those questions will be will depend on the exact nature of the evidence.

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Yes. A person can be convicted on circumstantial evidence alone. AS you a pointed out in your question, it is a lot harder to get over the hurt a lot of beyond a reasonable doubt without direct evidence.

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Yes. One can easily imagine a set of circumstances in which there is no direct evidence of a theft but evidence of access to the money, opportunity to take it and signs of new found wealth that point to a particular person. It may be that the state cannot convince a jury of the accused's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt but I would guess most attorneys on this site can tell at least one story in which a defendant was convicted solely on circumstantial evidence.

If you havent already, please speak to an attorney, or have the accused do so, as soon as possible.

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Yes. The standard is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It can be met by using circumstantial or direct evidence...

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