Direct evidence is a general term for any type of evidence that links a defendant directly to a crime. Examples of direct evidence include:

  • Eyewitness accounts of the crime

  • A recorded confession by the defendant

  • A defendant's fingerprints on a weapon used to commit a crime

  • Surveillance footage of a defendant committing a crime

Direct evidence is typically easy to understand for a jury. For instance, if a jury watches a video of a defendant committing a crime, it typically requires no further examination or testing. However, they may evaluate an eyewitness statement to determine whether the event transpired in the same way it occurred on video.