Footprints as Evidence

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What is a Footprint?

A footprint is the impression that a person leaves in the earth after they walk on it.  Both shoes and bare feet can leave footprints in soft or semi-soft earth.  Footprints can last for a couple of minutes to hundreds of years.

Why Would a Footprint be Used as Evidence?

Footprints are typically used by the prosecution to prove an individual committed a crime, or at least were present at the scene of a crime and could have committed it.  Footprints are not as unique as a fingerprint or DNA evidence, but under the right circumstances, they can be enough for a criminal conviction.  When the prosecution looks at a footprint as evidence of criminal activity, they are usually focused on the following:

The prosecution will try to use any of these signs associated with a footprint as evidence in the criminal trial of someone they thought committed a crime.

When Can a Footprint be Used as Evidence?

Along with looking at the above signs associated with a footprint, the prosecution may have a hard time proving a person is guilty of crime based on their footprints alone.  That is because in order to use a footprint as evidence against someone for a crime, three things are needed.  They are:

  1. A photography, plater mold, or print of the original and un-tainted footprint,
  2. The actual shoe or mold of a foot that belongs to the defendant and the prosecution believes matches the one at the crime scene, and
  3. An expert witness that can testify to the connection between the two beyond a reasonable doubt.

Do I Need an Attorney if a Footprint is Being Used as Evidence Against Me?

If a footprint is the primary evidence against you in a criminal case, it is highly recommended that you contact a criminal defense attorney because footprint evidence can usually be rebutted.  Only an attorney will be able to explain the relevant issues and help in your defense.

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Last Modified: 05-27-2011 02:37 PM PDT

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