Can one get convicted with theft of a firearm without evidence, based only on the testimony of the accuser? 7 Answers as of July 14, 2013

Without physical evidence or witness to the crime, and only the word of the accuser who has proof of ownership, can someone being charged with gun theft be convicted? Would probable cause play a part in conviction? Would the accuser being their own witness be enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Probable cause plays no role in the conviction. The jury decides just like in the Trayvon Martin case.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 7/14/2013
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
It is up to a jury or judge to determine who is the most believable. But, yes just the word of a witness is enough to convict.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/9/2013
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
If you have a lousy lawyer, or no lawyer at all, then yes, you can.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/10/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
Maryland jury instructions provide that the testimony of a single witness may be sufficient evidence, if the jury finds it credible beyond a reasonable doubt.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 7/9/2013
Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
Possibly. Also the fact that it sounds lit the item allegedly stolen was recovered hurts the case. You need to speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 7/8/2013
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