Is the truth used in criminal defense cases?

People sometimes make the mistake of thinking that criminal defense cases in Baltimore, Maryland, simply focus on lying to the judge and jury in an attempt to get away with a crime. However, the fact of the matter is that much of a successful defense strategy is simply based around telling the truth.

One of the best ways to put this into perspective is to think of a map of Maryland. On a traffic map, you will see all of the lines for major highways, back roads, rivers, bridges, and more. On a population density map, you will see none of that, but you will instead see various colors indicating how many people live in each specific area.

Is either map wrong? Of course not; they are both fundamentally true. They simply focus on very different things, so they end up looking nothing like one another, but that does not mean that they are any less true.

For example, in the context of a criminal defense case, the truth may be that the defendant was involved in a robbery by driving the thieves to a home and then helping them get away after they robbed it. However, digging deeper may also show that the driver was compelled to act at gunpoint, meaning that he or she had little chance to escape, and therefore, should not be responsible for what happened.

Both lines of reasoning contain facts, and they both contain the truth, but they lead the jury to different opinions.

Before you go before a judge and jury, make sure that you know what legal options you have and how a defense strategy can be crafted.

Source: FindLaw, “Criminal Defense Strategies” Oct. 19, 2014