‘They got no proof’ is sometimes an accurate statement, but the prosecution only needs to establish ‘Probable Cause’ to charge you with a crime.

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NJ Law Talk

Burden of Proof

All the Prosecution needs to charge you with a crime in N.J. is ‘probable Cause’, which essentially requires them to establish ‘a reason to believe that a crime was committed’ and a ‘reason to believe that you were involved in committing the crime’. This is the lowest standard of proof, a far cry from the highest standard, proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

A graphic example of how little proof  the State needs to charge you, is to think of a glass of orange juice. You get up in the morning and pour the glass full, you take a sip, make your breakfast, put the cat out, take a sip of the OJ, you bring the cat in, finish the juice, put the glass in the sink, eat your breakfast and put your dishes in the sink. The OJ glass now has a small puddle of orange in the bottom of…

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