People facing criminal charges often have at least one person serving as the eyewitness who identified them as being involved in a crime. This can certainly be upsetting if you are in this position, but understand that just because some identifies you as a guilty party does not mean you are guilty.
Eyewitness testimony is far from perfect. In fact, as noted in this Scientific American article, there are many problems with eyewitness testimony that make it unreliable in a court setting. We examine three such problems with eyewitness testimony below.
Considering all the ways in which an eyewitness testimony can be unreliable, it is vital that you and your attorney challenge them in court. Between the weakening of these accounts and the presentation of evidence that supports your innocence, you may be able to avoid conviction and/or minimize the penalties you may be facing.