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Fatal collision leaves 1 facing murder charges

Being involved in a fatal collision can be a scary and intimidating experience that could stick with those involved throughout the remainder of their lives. Dealing with the fallout of such a collision could prove challenging enough as is. Unfortunately, a recent accident that left three individuals with injuries and claimed the life of another has also left a 57-year-old man in California facing murder and assault charges.

Not all forensic testing methods are reliable

All evidence provided in a court trial is critical to the outcome of the case. In addition to eyewitness testimony, forensic test results may be factored in when the jury or judge makes their final decision. Although the scientific professionals relaying information to the court should be reliable, this is not always the case. Some forensic tests do not provide reliable and accurate results. In some cases, the inaccuracy of the results could lead to the wrongful conviction of an innocent person. 

Domestic violence charges when a partner tries to frame you

People are falsely accused of domestic violence for so many reasons, whether their spouse wants to win a custody battle by bringing up false claims or an ex wants to get revenge and shatter their former lover's life. Sometimes, people go to great lengths in order to accuse someone of domestic violence, even though the details of the situation have been greatly exaggerated or made up altogether. For example, someone may hurt themselves and claim that their partner was responsible for their injuries. They may hit themselves in the head or another part of their body in order to back up their claims.

Leaving the scene of an accident qualifies as a hit and run

For a lot of people, suddenly crashing into another vehicle, a piece of property or even a pedestrian can be alarming and cause instant panic. These feelings are often significantly worsened for people in California who have some type of record and want to avoid coming into contact with the authorities. However, if they choose to flee the scene of the accident they just caused, they are only asking to get into deeper trouble with the law. 

Man found innocent after 22 years of prison

It may be hard to think of innocent people being convicted of crimes they did not commit. The entire justice system is built around the belief that criminals are found guilty of crimes, while innocent people will be set free. Those who did not actually commit a crime should feel rest assured that the justice system will do its job to prove their innocence. Sadly, cases do not always work out this way and those who are innocent are sometimes found guilty. 

Limitations of eyewitness identification

Eyewitness identification is a tool often used by law enforcement to help identify a suspect of a crime. Departments may use an eyewitness lineup or a photograph lineup to ask witnesses who they believe committed the crime. Yet, a multitude of studies show that this form of identification may not always provide accurate and reliable results. In some cases, eyewitness identification may contribute to the wrongful conviction of an innocent person. 

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