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The courts are in major disagreement on the issue of what crimes can be used for impeachment. The following standards have been used across the country: (1) Any crime; (2) Crimes of moral turpitude or infamous crimes; (3) Crimes that discredit veracity (perjury or false pretenses); and (4) Felonies. The nature of the conviction does affect its use in impeachment: (1) Juvenile convictions are not usable. (2) Out-of-state convictions are usable. (3) If the defendant's sixth amendment rights were violated, the conviction cannot be used for any purpose. (4) If the conviction is on appeal, it may still be used to impeach. (5) If the witness was pardoned it may still be used. The Federal rules are contra when the pardon is for innocence. (6) Remoteness is an issue for old convictions.

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