As a point of order, no one can be charged without substantial evidence confirming their guilt. Rule of law dictates that prosecutors should come up with the necessary evidence to determine an accused person’s guilt. In the case of Nevada, the ground rules for evidence presentation and handling is laid out in the 48th chapter of the state’s Revised Statutes.
As these statutes explicitly state, the following are the only recognized categories of admissible evidence in court:
- video footage
- audio recording
- chemicals or substances
- weapons supposedly used
- circumstantial evidence
- any type of physical evidence
Testimony also counts as evidence, despite being a non-physical entity (although recorded testimony, either through audio/video recording or written transcripts, counts towards physical evidence).
It is important to note that the weight of the evidence outshines its quantity. No conviction can be made for an accused even if there is a large quantity of evidence stacked against him, so long as these pieces of evidence do not have much weight (do not have a significant bearing) against the accused.
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