Turn States Evidence Law and Legal Definition

Turning state's evidence is occasionally a result of a change of heart or feelings of guilt, but more often is done in response to a generous offer from the prosecution, such as a reduced sentence or a favorable location for serving time. To turn state's evidence is when an accused or convicted criminal testifies as a witness for the state against his associates or accomplices in return for lenient treatment, a plea bargain and/or a recommendation of a light sentence.