Beware the “Excited Utterance”
One of the most important concepts to understand in the laws of evidence is what legal experts refer to as the “excited utterance.”
An excited utterance is a statement made in response to a shocking event. It is an exception to the hearsay rule and is admissible as evidence against you. Why?
The theory is that because it is spontaneous, unplanned, and made while still under the stress of excitement from the event, it is more reliable than a statement made at a later time when you’ve had a chance to think about what happened.