Can an autistic, mentally Ill child's testimony stand up in court? ?
I have been accused of child abuse by my 13 year old step son. He is severely autistic and has mental health issues. The prosecutor wants his testimony but my attorney doesnt think itll hold up because of his conditions. They have no other evidence to even show probable cause. I'm innocent and would never harm anyone but my step son is being manipulated by his mother (shes evil) can that also be proven in court that hes being coached?
- ExoplanetLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
Where in the world are you that does not consider evidence from a Child Advocacy Center in a criminal case? Wow. Move back to civilization. Since there's no probable cause and everything you say is true, there's no warrant, no arrest, no summons, no case.Source(s): Law 0.00001
- BruceLv 78 months ago
Anyone is allowed to testify. Credibilty is determined by the jury. They will not allow him to be coached in the court room.
- SlickterpLv 78 months ago
Possibly, that would depend on many factors.
- Goldfly252000Lv 78 months ago
Depends on his other mental problems. If his only problem is autism then it will hold up in Court as well as any other 13 y.o. If he has other mental problems that could make a difference. Although if he is being coached then a GOOD attorney should be able to break him down and show he is being coached on cross. A great attorney will be able to do it without causing sympathy to the "victim". I understand your attorney wanting to keep him from testifying, any attorney wants the easy case where there is going to be no evidence, but if your attorney is good it will either end from trying to suppress showing he is being coached OR showing it in Court.
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- 8 months ago
Autism doesn't interfere with his ability to know the truth...just to express it