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Physical Evidence

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Footwear impression

Physical evidence refers to a wide range of physical objects (often minute in size).

Examples of physical evidence include

  • firearms and fired ammunition,
  • fingerprints,
  • toolmarks, tire tracks, and footwear impressions,
  • hairs, fibers, glass, paint, and other trace evidence.

Physical evidence may be considered as

  • corroborative evidence, which tends to confirm or support the theory of the crime,
  • circumstantial evidence, which indirectly infers a particular conclusion regarding the crime.

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