Is a Prior Arrest (Only) Admissible to Impeach Defendant?

As one can imagine, admitting evidence of a prior arrest for the jury to hear about can have tremendously prejudicial effect.  It is primarily used to attack the credibility of someone, but judges are vigilant to prevent a prior arrest being admitted as character evidence. Sometimes, as the following case summary exemplifies, evidence of a prior arrest has relevancy toward rebutting a defendant’s claim of lack of knowledge about something, as the prior arrest gave defendant such knowledge.  To read more about this issue, click on the following link.

https://www.greghillassociates.com/is-a-prior-arrest-only-admissible-to-impeach-defendant.html.

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