If police find a finger print at the scene of a crime but it was a public place that hundreds of ppl go into everyday can u be charged for that crime???
The lawyer's answer to most questions is "It depends." In this case it depends upon the crime and the other evidence. If the fingerprint is in the blood of the victim of a violent crime, the hundreds of other people who go into the public place may be irrelevant. Just because a person is charged, doesn't mean that person will be convicted. It sounds like the person accused needs the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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Can you be charged? Yes, one can be charged if his fingerprint was found at a crime scene. Will the prosecution be successful? If that is the only evidence, probably not. If however the defendant denied being at the location then there might be some question about the denial of ever being there, especially if there is other evidence or circumstances tending to involve the person.
Fingerprints are not an exact science. It may be worthwhile to retain the services of a fingerprint expert along with your attorney if charges actually result.
The key to charges being sustained is whether or not there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that the defendant was associated with the crime. It appears there is no question as to the crime being committed, and here is a "piece" of evidence associating you with the offense. The requirements of a conviction are whether or not the state can prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
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