Are you able to provide a defense against any criminal charge? The quick
answer is yes, even if you think the case is completely against you. There
are more ways than one to defend a person against charges, some of which
have to do with how a person is interviewed by police or if the person’s
rights were violated in any way. Besides finding a flaw in how your case
is being handled, you have a few standard defense options that your attorney
can discuss with you.
The main defense to consider is a claim of innocence. Can you prove that
you didn’t do the crime? Were you away in another state, off somewhere
with friends or otherwise occupied?
A claim of innocence can work well for you if the other party doesn’t
have solid evidence to convict you. You can simply plead innocence and
then refuse to say anything that could be incriminating. In the U.S. courts,
you are innocent until proven guilty, so this can be a helpful tactic.
The other party needs to prove your guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If
there is any doubt in the mind of the judge or jury that you didn’t
commit the crime, then you should, by law, be found innocent. During your
defense, you’ll want to focus on developing a story that shows why
you can’t be the person who committed the crime. If you can put
doubts into the minds of others, you can protect yourself.
A good way to do that is to use an alibi. An alibi is a person who was
with you at the time of the crime and can prove you were innocent by not
being at the scene. For instance, if you were driving with a friend, you
couldn’t have committed a crime inside someone’s home.
The complexity of your case often determines the defense strategy your
attorney will use, so make sure you share all relevant information with
him or her.