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Eyewitness Misidentification

Eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to people being wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. In eyewitness identifications, the witness's memory can be impacted by numerous factors that occur at the time of the crime and afterwards. Post event information given to a witness by the police, social media, family or friends, other eyewitnesses, and the media all contribute to the alteration of the eyewitness's memory of the perpetrator of the crime. Furthermore there are numerous factors that occur at the time of the crime that can have a significant impact on a victim or witness's ability to accurately identify a perpetrator. Witness's memories can be easily contaminated. When charged with a crime you did not commit it's important to have a lawyer who's familiar with the law and the strategies to prepare a successful argument and defense to your case. In many cases there is no DNA or forensic evidence and a person may be charged and ultimately convicted based solely on an eyewitness identification. Studies have shown that eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven "playing a role in more than 70% of convictions overturned through DNA testing nationwide." If you have been charged with a crime you did not commit contact Burke Levy, PC and speak with an experienced lawyer to assist you with your case.

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