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What is Hearsay? How is it Used in Court?

Hearsay evidence is a type of witness statement that can be used in court. This evidence can be admitted if the person who said it is unavailable to testify. Hearsay can be useful in situations where the person who said it is unable to testify. But when is it allowed? When is it inadmissible? What other factors are involved? You can learn the answer to this and other legal questions here.

What is Hearsay?

Hearsay can be either admissible or inadmissible in a court of law. Factors that will be considered in making this determination include the nature of the statement, whether it is against the interests of the person who made it, and whether there are any corroborating witnesses. Hearsay generally is not admissible as evidence in trial. This is because it is not firsthand testimony, and therefore cannot be verified. It can be easy for someone to say something that they did not actually see or hear. So, in order to ensure that only accurate information is presented, hearsay is typically not allowed in court.

Exceptions to the Rule

The hearsay rule typically disallows the admission of out-of-court statements. However, there are several exceptions to this rule. For example, statements that are offered for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment are generally admissible. So, if a patient tells his doctor that he is experiencing chest pain, that statement would likely be considered admissible under the “medical treatment” exception to the hearsay rule.

How Malloy Law Offices Can Help

Witnesses play an important role in any case. Without them, it would be difficult to determine what happened and who was responsible. Therefore, it is important to choose witnesses carefully and make sure they are credible. When your case hangs in the balance, you need to be able to trust your lawyer. Malloy Law Offices, LLC is here for you. Our attorneys will fight to secure the maximum possible damages, leaving you free to focus on your recovery. Contact us today for your free consultation.