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What does beyond a reasonable doubt mean?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

Beyond a reasonable doubt is the standard to which the government or the state of Florida would have to prove a criminal charge against you before you could be convicted. What that means is that the government has to prove that you committed a crime. They have to do so to such a standard that it excludes any reasonable doubt at all that you committed the crime not only as the person who did it, but as to each and every element of the crime with which you’re charged. It’s a high standard. It’s the government’s burden to prove that you committed the crime, not your burden to prove that you did or did not.