There are plenty of times when people have been accused of a crime they
didn’t commit; your case may not be any different. While you’re
working with your attorney on a way to fight the charges, it’s important
to learn about how to defend yourself and reputation. You have a few ways
you can answer the charges against you, but the most important fact of
a criminal charge is that the prosecutor will need to prove that you’re
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you can make a jury or judge doubt
that you’re guilty, then you have a chance to win your case.
The first major defense is innocence. If you can prove that you didn’t
commit the crime, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
In the American legal system, you are always presumed innocent until the
court can prove otherwise. In order to avoid incriminating yourself, you
can also choose to plead the fifth, which means you can stay silent and
hear what the prosecutor’s claims are.
When it’s said that it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that
you’re guilty, it means that the judge and jury must think that
you’re guilty and have no reason to think otherwise in order to
convict you. For example, if you are accused of drunk driving and colliding
with a pole but your blood alcohol content report was inconclusive, it
could be possible to prove that a different reason was the cause of your accident.
Another thing that can help you is if you have an alibi. Having a witness
who can prove where you were, especially if it’s filmed, can be
a way to prove your innocence swiftly.