2.2-2 Burden of Proof
Revised to December 1, 2007
The state has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty of the crime with which (he/she) is charged. The defendant does not have to prove (his/her) innocence. This means that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt each and every element necessary to constitute the crime charged.
Whether the burden of proof resting
upon the state is sustained depends not on the number of witnesses, nor on the
quantity of the testimony, but on the nature and quality of the testimony.
Please bear in mind that one witness's testimony is sufficient to convict if it
establishes all the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.