WHAT IS HEARSAY?
Hearsay is a statement made out of court, offered in court, to prove of the truth of the matter asserted. Confusing right? A simple example of a hearsay statement would be if a witnesses testified as to what someone, other than a Defendant (usually) told him or her. Why do we have a rule preventing hearsay, with exceptions, in court? The rationale behind it is that hearsay is inherently unreliable. Also, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that a Defendant in a criminal case "shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with witnesses against him." If someone testifies as to what another told him/her and the speaker is not present to be cross-examined, then the defendant is deprived of the right to "confront" witnesses against him. In South Carolina, there are numerous exceptions to the rule against hearsay. However, if the statement is testimonial in nature, the defendant has an absolute right, regardless of "exceptions" to confront the speaker. Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004).
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Brady Vannoy's office is located in downtown Moncks Corner. He regularly takes cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100. Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country. He can be reached at (843) 761-0610, firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact page on this website.