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What’s the difference between demonstrative and real evidence?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2021 | Blog, Criminal Defense

In a Mississippi courtroom, certain parties will present evidence that can strengthen their respective cases. Evidence can also help disprove claims made by another party. With that said, there are several types of evidence. In this article, you’ll learn how demonstrative evidence and real evidence differ from one another.

Demonstrative evidence

Many criminal defense cases involve the use of demonstrative evidence. This type of evidence can consist of diagrams or charts to help illustrate witness testimony. An example of demonstrative evidence would be if someone presented a crime scene diagram to a jury. As long as it is a fair and accurate reflection of a witness’s testimony, demonstrative evidence should be admissible. It’s important to note that an opposing counsel can also use demonstrative evidence to prove a contrary point.

Real evidence

Otherwise known as physical evidence, real evidence is something that you can inspect and touch. In most cases, real evidence is admissible because it is often used to either prove or disprove something brought up during a trial. There are many examples of real evidence, including a weapon, the presence of DNA, clothing, blood and fingerprints. For real evidence to be admissible, it must be material, authentic and relevant to a case.

To summarize, both real and demonstrative evidence can help prove or disprove a point made in a courtroom. If you’re preparing to go to court over a criminal matter, it could be beneficial to have an attorney on your side. With a criminal defense attorney in your corner, you’ll have someone to help ensure that all evidence in your favor gets discovered and presented in a court of law.

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