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False Evidence

Definition - What does False Evidence mean?

False evidence is evidence that is not real, but that has instead been forged or faked by one party in a suit in order to attempt to win the case.

There are many different types of false evidence; the individual case can influence what type of false evidence may be created.

Presenting false evidence is illegal.

Justipedia explains False Evidence

Often, parties in lawsuits can have a lot at stake in a trial. For example, a single personal injury lawsuit could potentially be worth millions of dollars to the plaintiff. Or, in a rape or murder case, decades in prison could be at stake for the defendant.

Because the stakes can be so high, this can be an incentive for people to create false evidence to help them win the case. However, if caught, those who do this will be faced with punitive consequences.

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