Will I be able to get my digital evidence into the court record during my hearing?
Maybe. Each state is governed by what are called "rules of evidence." Your state can have its own rules or the state may follow the Federal Rules of Evidence (which are general rules that are followed by many states). The rules generally address what is allowed as evidence in court and deal with issues such as:
- exceptions to the rule against "hearsay;"
- what types of documents may have to be certified in order for them to be admitted into court during a trial;
- what types of questions a witness can answer when testifying; and
- other topics.
The rules of evidence allow judges to only consider specific types of evidence, so whether you can have your digital evidence admitted into the court record during your hearing may depend on what your state’s rules of evidence say and what the judge decides. You can find lawyers in your state on our Finding a Lawyer page if you want to get legal advice about how to present evidence in your case.