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Common criminal defense techniques

Every criminal accusation needs to be evaluated based on its individual facts and circumstances in order to determine the best defense approach to apply to it. Attorneys have at their disposal a wide variety of criminal defense and business tactics they can employ depending on the situation at hand. This article will discuss several of the most common defense techniques that attorneys employ.

The first kind of criminal defenses are generally categorized as the "I Didn't Do It" defenses. In the United States, criminal defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in court. For this reason, an accused person could say absolutely nothing in his or her defense, but still prevail as innocent at trial if reasonable doubt still exists.

However, individuals will often try to cast doubt on the prosecution's version of the facts in order to maintain their innocence. Naming an alibi is another useful "I Didn't Do It" strategy. If the alibi can vouch for the fact that the defendant was in a different place at the time of the crime, then the person could not have done it.

The second type of criminal defenses are often referred to as the "I did it, but shouldn't be held responsible" variety. In these defenses, the accused person does not dispute that he or she committed the crime at issue, but he or she will provide a valid reason for committing it. For example, maybe the defendant needed to drive a sick person to the hospital even though he was too drunk to legally drive.

The average Breckinridge, Colorado, attorney will have a lot more criminal defenses and strategies in his or her arsenal than those referenced above. Ultimately, it is the factual circumstances surrounding a particular arrest that will determine which strategy is best to use.

Source: FindLaw, "Defending yourself against a criminal charge," accessed June 05, 2015

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