A woman joins a Facebook page due to being robbed in the area,but does not live in the area to which the alleged crime happened.as she joins the page she see a story posted on the neighborhood watch page about a suspect who had unrelated charges in the same area to which she was robbed which was aug.16,2014 around 11am hour while she was on the porch of a vet she waits till September calls police and say the man that was on the news is the guy who robbed me of my pursevand wallet she waits a month an a week or so to call and tell police basically so if she would have seen his picture on the news she would have never called police they have no evidence against him but her story the state is trying to use a previous charge as probably cause
The short answer is yes. People are convicted all the time solely on the basis of the testimony of an alleged victim. An attorney would be able to attack the reliability of the victim/witness based upon the facts surrounding her identification and any earlier statements she made to law enforcement and, potentially, her criminal history. As for the use of a prior conviction - the DA can't use that as a basis for bringing the charge or convicting of the current allegation unless there is some close connection between the two events. What that prior conviction will do is prevent the alleged robber from testifying on his own behalf without disclosing that prior conviction. The dangerous part is that eye witnesses are notoriously wrong but easily believed by juries and prosecutors.
Can someone be charged and convicted based on testimony alone? Yes. Sounds like they are using her statement "this is the man that robbed me" as probable cause. Hire a good lawyer.
Yes, you can be charged with a crime based on the victim's assertion that you were the assailant. You need to retain an Attorney to assist you in fighting these charges. Good Luck!
Unfortunately, your friends fate will be determined by the woman's testimony that she recognized him on television. He will need a lawyer to discredit the woman's testimony and prove that her identification is biased, inaccurate, and not credible.
This is general advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
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