Types of Defenses to Criminal Charges

May 8, 2015

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of the Law Office of Brett A. Podolsky.

Whenever a crime is committed, it is the job of the prosecution to prove that the accused committed the crime, beyond any shred of reasonable doubt. In fact, many times the alleged criminal act can have a number of justifications or ‘defenses’ that can result in acquitting the accused or in diminishing part of the charges faced by the accused.

One of the remarkable aspects about criminal justice is the fact that the accused or ‘defendant’ gets the opportunity to seek legal representation. This representation, in the form of a legal attorney, can help to build a case that outlines any and all defenses that can enlighten the court about the accused person’s innocence. But since the nature of the alleged crimes can vastly vary, the nature of the defenses on which the defendant’s case rests can also vary and it is important to understand the standard criminal defenses used in court.