Being arrested and convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit can be a traumatizing, life-changing event. Something of this magnitude can completely turn someone’s world upside down, and depending on the severity of the conviction, it can be something that took away years that they can no longer get back. A wrongful conviction can affect the victim’s family, ruin their reputation, and result in precious time that was wasted. An innocent individual who is wrongfully convicted of a violent or serious crime may end up spending many years in a state prison, living an awful life that they do not deserve, and being kept from loved ones.
The details of every wrongful conviction case will vary; when it comes to a violent crime, for example, a wrongful conviction may result from a victim identifying the wrong person. According to The Innocence Project, the following are the top six common causes of wrongful convictions:
- Eyewitness misidentification
- False admissions or confessions
- Unvalidated or improper forensic science
- Government misconduct
- Inadequate defense
Sometimes, these wrongful convictions come to light when new evidence surfaces. For example, if someone is wrongfully convicted of a violent crime, law enforcement may eventually discover and find the actual perpetrator. Sadly, in many cases, this new evidence comes to light after many years. In the best cases, it happens rather quickly, but the wrongfully convicted individual was still punished for a crime that he or she did not commit.
Although many wrongful convictions involve cases in which people were wrongfully arrested and prosecuted for crimes they did not commit, the National Institute of Justice also notes that wrongful convictions may also involve procedural mistakes that violated a convicted individual’s rights.
A recent study of several wrongful conviction cases revealed that some examples of wrongfully convicted crimes included:
- Sexual offenses, including rape and sexual assault
- Breaking and entering
- Homicide, as well as attempted homicide
Those who were wrongfully convicted are not the only people who are affected, either. In many cases, the victims of the crimes feel the impact as well. They may feel shock and fear to learn that these individuals, the ones who were initially found to be guilty in the crimes against them, were exonerated.
If you were a victim of a wrongful conviction, you may be working with an attorney to fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Because someone’s life can be significantly affected forever as a result of a wrongful conviction, your lawyer is likely working on a maximum Settlement. Although no amount of money can ever undo such a significant mistake or give you your time back, you can feel confident in your attorney’s determination to fight for your rights.
A case of this level can be complex and time-consuming, and you may be wondering when it will finally settle. Although you may be eager to finally receive the compensation you deserve, it’s important to remember that your attorney is fighting hard on your behalf to get you the biggest monetary award possible. Because of this, it can often be a long process from start to finish. At USClaims, we understand that while you may be hoping for the biggest monetary award possible, it can also be difficult to be patient, especially during trying times. That is why we are happy to provide an alternative while waiting for your case to settle, this process is also commonly referred to as pre-settlement funding. Contact us today to learn more about the process and find out if your case is eligible.