What does beyond a reasonable doubt mean?Return to Video FAQs
That’s a tricky question, and you could go to law school for 3 years and practice for 20 and still be trying to figure that one out. But what the law here in Pennsylvania says, is beyond a reasonable doubt is beyond the point where an ordinary person would pause or hesitate as to what their decision or next step would be.
So for example, if you are going to buy a car, and one the way to buy the car you think, “That might be too much,” but then you realize you have a good job, you got a raise, and you can afford that car, that pause, that question to yourself as you were driving, is reasonable doubt. And guilt in Pennsylvania needs to be beyond a reasonable doubt.