A Case of Wrong Identity

When a person has become the victim of a crime, he or she is likely to experience a rush of different emotions, particularly if that crime involved the commission or threat of violence. In the midst of all the anger, fear, sadness, and other reactions there is a heightened potential for a person's perception to become distorted. The victim's sense of time, awareness of surroundings, and formation of memories can all be seriously compromised in the aftermath of an assault. Yet arrests, prosecutions, and public derision are largely motivated by the accounts that these shaken individuals present.

If you have been arrested and accused of a crime that you did not commit based on the statement of the victim or an eyewitness, then a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney can help to establish your innocence. Contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case. Your freedom is too important to take any chances.

Factors that Can Prompt Incorrect Accusations

Police officers are tasked with collecting statements from crime victims and witnesses and using that information to guide the decisions that they make when determining whether or not to arrest someone. Unfortunately, when the information they are given is wrong, either intentionally or unintentionally, travesties of justice can occur. Factors that may prompt incorrect accusations can include:

  • The time of day when a crime occurred - fatigue can impair one's ability to judge a situation
  • The lighting conditions where the crime occurred - the inability to fully see the perpetrator does not dissuade victims or witnesses from attempting to guess what he or she looked like
  • Existing biases and prejudices - some people are sadly driven by motives shaped by their beliefs about a particular cross-section of the population

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Not only are your rights at risk of being violated in the event of mistaken identity, but justice will not be served if you are convicted of a crime that you did not commit. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950.

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