We see it on television on our favorite legal dramas. We know it happens in real life too. But this article from the Dallas Morning News features an interview with Dallas County Public Defender Michelle Moore who has actually been involved in 7 cases of exoneration after conviction using DNA evidence.
This interview is a glimpse into what Moore thinks of the exoneration process and also her thoughts on keeping the evidence from so many criminal cases.
Moore works with the Innocence Project, a national organization with state specific branches all dedicated to ensuring the people who have been wrongly convicted in our criminal justice system are given what is entitled to them: their freedom.
Many skeptics underestimate how many people are wrongly convicted of crimes. There is really no way to be certain simply because of how large the system is. According to this commentary by Senator Jim Webb, the United States has 5% of the world’s people and over 25% of the world’s prison population. With these numbers, there is no telling the number of mistakes that have been made.
The Innocence Project and other organizations like it point out the importance of evidence in criminal cases. The success of your case depends on the evidence against you.
If you are facing criminal charges you want to be certain that every avenue is exhausted in making sure your case turns out in a positive manner. As an experienced defense attorney, I understand this.
Making sure your case is completely ready to go before the judge is one thing I am tasked with. I want to be confident that I have done everything possible for a client in each of the cases I handle. This includes looking at how your case went down and how the police handled the arrest and evidence.
When the possibility of spending years in prison or even a few days in jail is looking you in the face, you should have a dedicated defense attorney on your side. Call me today so we can take a look at your case and weigh your options.