Is a criminal informants word enough evidence to charge someone with even if there is no other evidence?

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Is a criminal informants word enough evidence to charge someone with even if there is no other evidence?

My 4 friends had previously gotten arrested for stealing a gun. One of the guys had snitched but they have no other evidence the victim didn’t even show up to court. The gun they say they stole wasn’t in anyone’s possession.

Asked on March 3, 2016 under Criminal Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a criminal informant's testimony can be enough to charge someone with a crime, and many crimes are charged based on an informant's testimony. An informant's testimony can even be enough to convict, if he is so credible or believable as to convince a jury "beyond a reasonable doubt" that a crime was committed. There is no legal requirement for different or additional evidence.


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