Understanding why people lie

Quite often in cases of wrongful conviction, the accused is incorrectly identified as the perpetrator based on information given by others. While forensic and biological evidence is largely irrefutable, human evidence is not so undeniable. If you are accused of a crime you didn’t commit, you might be wondering why people would want to lie and frame you for it. When you are trying to prove your innocence, it can be an incredibly frustrating and confusing process that will make you question everything and trust no one. Hiring a forensic investigator in Fort Worth Texas can make all the difference, as we have a variety of techniques that can prove falsified testimonies to get your life back on track.

  1. Getting help from the authorities

We are not suggesting that the police offer bribes or blackmail witnesses. What is common, however, is that people believe they can get something in exchange for their information. This may be a change in circumstances, e.g. more favorable welfare housing, or a lesser sentence if they are incarcerated.

  1. Blackmail

Convincing someone to say something or do something is easier when their freedom is at stake. Putting you in a position where you must defend your innocence makes you incredibly vulnerable, especially if they hold the power to exonerate you.

  1. Protecting the guilty

When people lie, it’s usually because they have something to hide. When authorities discover that a witness has given them false information, suspicion is then directed at the witness as police question their motivations for lying. Giving false testimony in this case may indicate their own guilt, or it may suggest they know the true perpetrator.

  1. Excusing inappropriate behavior

We are all guilty of a few embarrassing acts. However some people take this guilt too far and accuse others to protect their own pride. This is often the case when someone engages in sexual intercourse and later regrets it. The plaintiff may think it’s easier to claim that the fling was unwanted, rather than admitting they were drunk and regretted the incident.

  1. Gain or compensation

The witness may stand to gain or benefit somehow from falsely accusing you of the crime. A simple example of this would be a colleague alleging that you stole from your employer, whilst they evade detection and pocket the money.

There are a number of reasons why someone might lie in your case. Understanding their motivation can help you move forward and prove your innocence. Get in touch with ICFECI today to see how we can right this wrong and exonerate you.