Can a Greensboro criminal defense attorney explain how to obtain police video? Yes, of course we can! First, it’s important to understand what all police video can be used for. Most of the time we see this type of video used as evidence in the court room to prove a crime happened. The State will use police body worn camera footage to their advantage to aid them in proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. What most people don’t know is that the law has recently changed, and now police body worn camera footage can be used for other things as well. For more information on police video, you should consult with a Greensboro criminal defense attorney.
Any person whose voice or their image shows up on a police video can request from the police agency to see the video. The agency can deny the request upon their discretion, in which the person would need to go before a judge and ask for court order to see the video. News and media companies can also request footage from the police agency, but the police agency will usually not grant their request without a court order from a superior court judge first. The law has recently changed to allow other ways to show the video as well. First, police agencies can release footage without a court order for suspect identification and apprehension. This means that if a suspect were to somehow get away and flee the scene where a criminal act took place, the police agency can release the video to the public for help in apprehending the suspect. Second, the police agency can also release footage to the public to locate someone who is missing or someone who has been abducted. If you or someone you know has been in a situation involving any of these instances where police footage could be helpful, you shouldn’t hesitate to hire a Greensboro criminal defense lawyer for help receiving the footage.
You should speak with a Greensboro criminal defense attorney today about police video that may be helpful to your trial or situation. Police video can be essential in proving innocence for some defendants! The Greensboro criminal defense attorneys at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, and Olson know the requirements of the law and also genuinely care about each case presented to them. Call today at (336) 379-0539; we are here to help!