Direct and circumstantial evidence are what makes or breaks a lawsuit. That is why it is imperative that anyone involved or could be involved, know what the different types of evidence are.
Evidence is the facts of a case. They determine when and how the law applies to a case. They include statements, documents, and information that either prove or disprove facts.
Some examples of evidence:
- Medical records;
- Contracts between parties;
- and, Affidavits.
Ther two types of evidence: direct and non direct.
Direct evidence is anything that doesn't require any reasoning to come to a conclusion regarding the evidence. For example, an eye-witness testimony would be considered direct evidence. You don't necessarily need any more evidence to draw a conclusion if you have an eye-witness. (Reliability is not a factor in determining direct evidence. )
Circumstantial evidence requires interference in order to draw any conclusions from the evidence. For example, a fingerprint would be circumstantial evidence. Or, another example, if a person testified that it rained, but they were only drawing that conclusion based on the fact that they heard the pattering of rain and that it was wet outside, but they never actually saw it rain.
The role of a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer is to sift through all the evidence and find the relevant information that will support their case.