The Strong Defense You Deserve Against Criminal Charges

Is CCTV footage reliable evidence in court?

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2022 | Criminal

You’ve been accused of a crime that you did not commit and are now facing criminal charges. A witness has come forward and they believe they can identify you, but they aren’t 100% sure. The prosecution is relying on closed circuit television (CCTV) to corroborate their version of events. 

Nowadays, even if we don’t realize it, we spend much of our day on camera. CCTV is intended to make premises safer and provide evidence should a crime occur. Is this technology always reliable? 

Camera quality varies 

As with the majority of technology products, the quality of CCTV cameras varies. Low-cost cameras simply do not offer the same quality of footage that premium products can. The owner of a building might not have the funds to purchase the expensive options, so opted for the budget equivalent. As a result, the footage taken might be grainy and broken up, making it hard to establish a firm identity of the people who have been recorded. 

Footage can be cut 

Some cameras don’t record absolutely everything, rather, they capture segments and piece them together. What this means is that vital information could be missed out. 

Many crimes happen in a matter of seconds and it’s vital that cameras can piece together every part of the puzzle. Sure, you may have been in the vicinity at the time the alleged crime was committed, but this doesn’t mean you are guilty. There were plenty of others around too and the camera had not picked them up. 

If you cannot be identified accurately then you shouldn’t face criminal prosecution. Obtaining legal guidance when facing drug charges will give you the best chance of asserting your rights.