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It is just his or her word against mine? Can the police even charge me?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

When you say is it his or her word against mine? It’s not. Actually what happens in the state of Florida and throughout the United States is pursuant to our Constitution, you have the right not only to remain silent, but before you could be convicted of a crime the State has to prove the charges against you. You have no obligation to prove or disprove that anything occurred or didn’t occur in order for you to be acquitted or convicted of a crime. In other words, whether or not someone says something occurred or not may not be enough to convict you and you certainly don’t have to answer to it, although you would have the right to testify or to present any defense on your behalf even though it’s the State’s burden as well to show that you did not commit this crime if you choose to do that. You should speak with a lawyer and figure out what’s appropriate for you in planning your defense.