What does mistaken identity mean?

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mis·tak·en iden·ti·ty

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  1. mistaken identity(Noun)

    Falsely believing that someone is someone else.

  2. mistaken identity(Noun)

    A defense in criminal law based on this situation, claiming that any eyewitnesses to a crime incorrectly thought that they saw the defendant.


  1. Mistaken identity

    Mistaken identity is a defense in criminal law which claims the actual innocence of the criminal defendant, and attempts to undermine evidence of guilt by asserting that any eyewitness to the crime incorrectly thought that they saw the defendant, when in fact the person seen by the witness was someone else. The defendant may question both the memory of the witness, and the perception of the witness. Because the prosecution in a criminal case must prove the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant must convince the jury that there is reasonable doubt about whether the witness actually saw what the witness claims to have seen, or recalls having seen. Although scientific studies have shown that mistaken identity is a common phenomenon, jurors give very strong credence to eyewitness testimony, particularly where the eyewitness is resolute in believing that their identification of the defendant was correct.

How to pronounce mistaken identity?

  1. Alex
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How to say mistaken identity in sign language?

  1. mistakenidentity


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistaken identity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistaken identity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mistaken identity in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Lebaron:

    Wethought it might have been mistaken identity, now weve had quite a bit of evidence that once the attack began, they continued it, knowing that there were women and children in the vehicles. So, as far as why it happened were not sure yet.

  2. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez:

    We still want that individual to come forward, as it appears this was a case of mistaken identity.

  3. George Stanley McGovern:

    The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

  4. Richard Peirce:

    A lot of shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity.

  5. Mahmoud Abu Kaf:

    If it is true that it was a mistaken identity, why did they come to arrest the boy? Why haven't security arrested the right defendant then?

Images & Illustrations of mistaken identity

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