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Direct Evidence

Evidence is something (e.g., testimony, documents, objects) offered to prove or disprove an alleged fact. Direct evidence is based on a witness' personal knowledge or observation. Direct evidence proves a fact directly without any inference or presumption. If the evidence is true then the fact is conclusively established. For example: witness testimony that the witness saw it raining outside before he came into the courthouse.

That testimony by the witness is direct evidence that it was raining. Direct evidence is different than circumstantial evidence in that circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence and is based on inference. For example: a witness testifies that he saw someone come inside the courthouse wearing a raincoat covered with drops of water. That testimony is circumstantial evidence because it may support a conclusion that it was raining outside.

In order to comprehend the evidence in your criminal case and the consequences it can have on your criminal charges, consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Compare to Circumstantial Evidence.