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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Definition

Beyond a reasonable doubt is the legal amount of proof required to find that a defendant is guilty at trial. The requirement that a criminal defendant can only be convicted by proof beyond a reasonable doubt comes from the due process clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. A reasonable doubt is a fair and honest doubt based on the evidence or lack thereof. It’s not just a hypothetical or hypothetical doubt; it’s a doubt founded on logic and common sense.

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