Can you be convicted when the only evidence in the case is the arresting officer’s testimony?

Asked on September 11, 2015 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Absolutely, you can be convicted on the arresting officer's testimony there is no legal requirement for any physical, digital, documentary, etc. evidence, or for any testimony by other persons. Clearly, the court would have to believe the officer and find his testimony so credible as to prove the case "beyond a reasonable doubt" in order to convict, but if the court does so believe the officer's testimony, conviction is possible.

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