Monthly Archive: October 2016

What You Should Know About Criminal Defense

criminal defenseToday we’ll talk about criminal defense and the attorneys that represent defendants. Once you have been accused of a crime you will have to appear in court and establish a plead. As a defendant, you are the individual accused of the crime, and both the defendant and the attorney have to collaborate and come up with the defense. A criminal defense is a strategic argument that attempts to decline the chance of prosecution. The prosecution is the part of the system that is trying to prove you guilty of a crime.

Some criminal defense attempts are stricken down quickly and are proven to be false. The first type of defense that we will talk about is an affirmative defense, which requires the defendant along with the attorney to produce evidence that supports the defense. The defense you choose to utilize depends on the crime you are accused of, as well as what evidence you have to back up the defense you are going with.

The next form of defense is the insanity defense, which has been made popular due to its frequent rate of success. The insanity defense essentially says that the individual accused of the crime is not mentally competent enough to know that their actions were wrong. Using the insanity defense during a court case is risky. Clear evidence must be provided to support the fact that the defendant suffers from a mental disorder, and suffered from this disorder at the time of the crime. The last type of defense is coercion and duress. Coercion and duress is a criminal defense that basically states that someone forced you to make an unlawful action or to commit the crime you are undergoing trial for. For this defense to be viable, you will also need sufficient evidence showing that you had no say in the crime you committed.

In conclusion, there are many different forms of criminal defenses that can be used in a court hearing. Other types of criminal defenses include self-defense, consent, and the statute of limitations. All of these types of criminal defenses are subject to the amount of evidence you can bring to the case. For more information on criminal defense, we suggest venturing online and completing a little research to better your knowledge on the laws in your area. Having a vast amount of knowledge can help you should you ever need to use a form of defense.