If you are falsely accused of a crime, is it difficult to prove it?

Say if you were accused of stealing someone's belonging such as a purse but if you deny that you stole something, would that lead to no punishment or a lighter sanction for the accused? There is a saying that if you are accused of something, that you should never admit to anything. If you admit, your case is closed and you will face the consequences. If you deny, you can fight it and certainly appeal and perhaps get an attorney involved if the people won't believe you. So many people in this world are wrongly accused of things but unfortunately many people learn this too late in their lives. Also, can investigations be wrong? If the accused disagrees with the result of the investigation, then he or she has a right to fight that as well. 

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It all depends on the evidence and circumstances. Actually in many cases denying you committed a crime can lead to harsher penalties, as it may appear you are not contrite.  Just because you deny something does not mean you will be found not guilty. You can of course appeal if you are found guilty but an appeal seldom results in your not being in jail.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The plaintiff will have to prove your guilt. Why would you admit to something you didn't do?

  • Gary
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    In the U.S. our country and legal system was built on the simple premise of "innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of law by a jury of your peers" UNLESS your Trump, a republican or they're supporters THEN your automagically GUILTY if the LIEberal left socialist demoCROOK(S) or they're party THINKS or wishes you committed a crime without ANY proof then they convict you in the courts of the alphabet MSM and public opinion THEN they TRY to convict you in a court of law AFTER they SEVERELY taint the jury pool! 

    Now if your a demoCROOK or one of THEY'RE supporters your automagically 100% totally INNOCENT even when MOUNTAINS of proof, evidence, witnesses, sworn testimonies, photos and videos are presented PROVING a crime was committed by them and they're permitted to simply deny ANY responsibility WITHOUT ANY type of investigation(s) or legal proceeding(s)!

  • 1 month ago

    The burden of proof is on the accuser, not the defendant.  Which is why people constantly accuse Trump of things that they cannot prove because they want him to prove he is innocent.  For example, every Democrat says Trump is racist, but they have no proof.

    I can say Biden is possibly racist.  He was pro segregation in his early career, he wrote the 1994 crime bill along with Black Legislatures which created mass incarcerations of Black criminals which targeted them in a specific way.  He said many racist remarks.  I would think that is enough proof right there, but Biden supporters would simply deny that.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    People don't 'prove' the did not do something, proof is always based on evidence of the crime and that peron did it

  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Most nations have adopted the legal principle "innocent until proven guilty".

    If you are falsely accused of a crime

    you don't have to prove it.

    You might be charged and jailed

    (in the U.S., in some states you can be jailed for MONTHS if you don't make bail)

    but eventually you would be released

    unless the evidence against you was very persuasive.

    (I.e. unless you were well-framed.)

    >> There is a saying that if you are accused of something, that you should never admit to anything. <<

    That is usually the wiser course, legally speaking.

    >> Also, can investigations be wrong? <<

    Of course an investigation can conclude something incorrect.

    >> If the accused disagrees with the result of the investigation, then he or she has a right to fight that as well. <<

    Yes...in court. That's why there are criminal trials. In a criminal trial

    - the Prosecution claims that the accused has committed one or more crimes

    - - - presenting as evidence the result of any investigation(s)

    - the Defense claims that the accused did not commit that crime or crimes

    - the jury decides what is most likely the truth

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the US, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. That means they must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before you’re even required to present a defense. If you’re ever accused of a crime, just ask for a lawyer. Don’t admit to anything or answer any questions without a lawyer. Anything you say to the cops or DA can be used against you. 

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