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Evidence

Evidence

Evidence

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about Evidence in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

At its most basic level, evidence is anything that tends to prove or disprove an alleged fact. Most evidence can be divided into three broad categories: direct evidence, indirect evidence, and physical evidence. Direct evidence establishes an element of a crime through an eyewitness account, confession, or anything observed (including writings and audio, video, or digital recordings of observations). Indirect evidence is based on inference and deductive reasoning (e.g., a smoking gun indicates the weapon has been fired and is probably linked to the dead body next to it). Physical evidence results from a criminal investigation. It is sought to determine that a crime has been committed or that there is a link between a specific crime and its victim or perpetrator.