How Common Are Wrongful Convictions?

Sadly, wrongful convictions are far more common than anyone may realize. Wrongful convictions often devastate families, ruin lives, and leave victims with significant financial problems. While there are mechanisms in place aimed at avoiding wrongful convictions, our legal system doesn’t always work. 

If you’ve been wrongfully convicted and exonerated, there’s a good chance that you are experiencing significant financial distress. Fortunately, pre-settlement funding companies like USClaims are here to help the wrongfully convicted bridge the gap and meet their financial needs while their cases are pending.  USClaims pays you as an investment in the outcome of your case, and if you don’t prevail in court, USClaims won’t see a return on its investment. USClaims only gets paid if you win your case. To learn more and find out if you qualify, call us today to discuss your situation with a member of our team. 

Wrongful Convictions: Far More Common than They Should Be

A 2018 study out of the University of Pennsylvania found that approximately 6 percent of convictions overall are wrongful convictions. This means that about 6 out of every 100 of those who are incarcerated should not be, something that is difficult to reckon considering we are supposed to have a sophisticated criminal justice system. 

Wrongful Convictions Later Exonerated as a Result of DNA Testing

Another 2018 study published by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and financed by the U.S. Department of Justice found that DNA evidence was used to reverse a wrongful conviction about 11.6 percent of the time. 

Some relevant details of this study are:

  • The study included murder and sexual assault convictions that took place in Virginia in the 1970s and 1980s and that were tried in 56 different circuit courts. 
  • There were 714 convictions in total.
  • The results were predicated on data collection that consisted of a thorough review of all publicly available documents on court processes and dispositions related to the 714 cases.  

Associated Damages

The damages associated with wrongful convictions are far-reaching and can’t be adequately calculated. Some common categories of damages include:

  • Broken Relationships – A wrongful conviction can rip families asunder and destroy once-loving relationships. The very support system that the wrongfully convicted need the most can be broken by the wrongful conviction itself. 
  • Attached Stigma – There is a serious stigma associated with being incarcerated, and this stigma does not disappear when one’s wrongful conviction is overturned. This stigma can make finding a job and a place to live post-incarceration exceptionally difficult. 
  • Property Loss – Assets that the wrongfully convicted had at the time of their trial are likely to have gone directly to their defense. The wrongfully convicted rarely have property or assets to fall back on upon release. 

Look to USClaims for the Pre-Settlement Funding You Need

Wrongful convictions happen regularly, and they can leave people in dire financial straits.  This is why USClaims is committed to helping the wrongfully convicted obtain some assistance while they are waiting for the compensation to which they are entitled.

This is how it works: we provide you pre-settlement funding for your personal needs, and our payment earns us a predetermined portion of your compensation if you prevail at court. If you don’t win, we shoulder the financial loss, and you owe us nothing. To learn more about your options or to apply, call today us at 1-877-USCLAIMS today.

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