Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Legal Dictionary Home

Reasonable Doubt
The standard of proof used in criminal trials to find a defendant guilty of a crime. When a criminal defendant is prosecuted, the prosecutor must prove the defendant's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." A reasonable doubt exists when a juror cannot say with moral certainty that a person is guilty. Compare: preponderance of the evidence
LA-NOLO1:CM1.2.1.20150520.32264+