If you’ve been accused of a crime in Maryland, then you may be wondering
what kinds of options you have for defending yourself. It’s possible
to use several tactics to do so. Here are a few you may be able to apply
to your case.
Take for instance this scenario. If you were attacked and forced to fight
with someone to defend yourself, you could be said to have been in duress.
If your fight resulted in you killing your attacker, it could be possible
to have the murder charge eliminated if you can prove that you had no
motive and were in danger. If you were under threat of bodily harm or
death, this is one defense you may be able to fall back on. This type
of defense may also be similar to a defense alleging self defense.
One slightly odd defense is the defense of automatism. This defense suggests
that a person did not have control over his actions. For instance, if
a person was suffering from psychosis at the time of an attack, then he
could be said to have been in a state of mind where he had no control
over what he was doing.
If someone is proven to be suffering from insane automatism, then the person
typically has to seek psychiatric help or other appropriate medical attention
following the trial. In a case where the person is not insane, the court
could choose to give a lesser sentence or to acquit the case. These defenses
typically apply to federal and state crimes, felonies or misdemeanors,
depending on the situation.
Source: ListVerse, “Top 10 Defenses Against Criminal Charges” David Hopkins, accessed Mar. 17, 2015