In order to prove your innocence in the court of law, you have various viable defense options to create a strong case.
Here are some tried and tested defense strategies that can help you fight back against criminal charges.
1. Innocent Until Proven Guilty
The American legal system says that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty. This means you will be considered innocent in the eye of the judge and jury until proven otherwise. In such a situation, it is best to remain silent until the prosecutor proves that you are guilty.
When the prosecutor presents an argument to prove that you are guilty, they can attempt to maintain that there is no reasonable doubt to negate the claim. In such a case, your lawyer can raise some reasonable doubts to the allegations.
2. Alibi Strategy
It is one of the most commonly used strategies that attempt to prove that the defendant was present at a different place or with someone else when the crime was committed. By proving that you were not present at or around the crime scene, the defense lawyer can establish a reasonable doubt of guilt.
3. Self Defense
With self defense strategy, you can prove that your action was actually a reaction to protect yourself from harm. The self-defense strategy is predicated on the belief that everyone has a right to protect themselves from personal injury.
Proving self defense is typically difficult as you need to demonstrate that action was indispensable due to a reasonable chance of physical harm. If you succeed at proving that you acted to protect yourself, the jury may give you the benefit of the doubt.
4. Under the Influence Defense
You may also defend yourself by proving that you were under the influence of drugs and were not in a stable state of mind to make the right decision. Under-the-influence strategy is only a partial defense as it may only lower the charge to the accusation of a relatively lower degree.
5. Coercion or Entrapment Defense
Entrapment or coercion defense may be used when you have been forced to commit a crime. Rather than requiring the actual coercion, only a threat of unlawful force may be enough to prove the duress.
Defending a case may be challenging for an ordinary person. It’s always recommended that you hire a qualified criminal attorney to craft a strong case in your defense. With experience of handling all kinds of criminal cases, we assure you to deliver the most favorable results, regardless of the complexity of the case. Call us at (310) 316-9333 or book a consultation with us today!