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Being charged with a crime can be incredibly stressful. You don’t want to plead guilty, but how can you prove your innocence or lessen your sentence?
Luckily, there are many ways to defend against criminal charges. Some are well known, like self-defense, but did you know that hypoglycemia can be used as a defense in some cases? Do you know about the “make my day” law, and how can it help you in court?
Below we have a few examples of different defense strategies that have been used to lessen sentences or get cases dropped. Even if your case is a rather unique situation, looking at some of these defenses may give you and your attorney an idea of how you can defend yourself in court.
Justification. When you defend your actions using a justification defense, you will have to show the judge that based on the events leading up to the actions you committed, what would otherwise be seen as criminal can be justified in the eyes of the judge and the jury.
Excuse. In some cases, your mental state may have affected your judgment and your actions. You and your attorney will argue that your actions caused harm to others, but you should not be punished for said actions because you lacked moral accountability at the time. Some examples of “excuses” include:
Extrinsic defenses. Sometimes, a case will be dropped due to actions committed by parties other than the defendant. You and your attorney should review how your arrest and trial has been handled and look for any discrepancies on the part of the peace officer or prosecution. One of the most common extrinsic defenses is using the statute of limitations to get your case dropped. If you committed a crime a number of years ago, it may fall out of the timeline the prosecution is given to charge you for your crime.
Each case is unique. Different defense strategies will work for some crimes and some situations, while some strategies are better suited for other offenses. That’s where a knowledgeable, experienced Colorado criminal lawyer can help. They’ve handled cases like yours before, and they will know what is most likely to benefit you. To figure out the best defense strategies for your case, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.
About the Author:
Denver-based criminal defense and DUI attorney Jacob E. Martinez is a knowledgeable and experienced litigator with a record of success providing innovative solutions to clients facing criminal charges of any severity. Mr. Martinez has been designated a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and has been awarded both the Avvo Client’s Choice Award and Avvo Top Attorney designation, evidencing his reputation for his exemplary criminal and DUI defense work and high moral standards.