How does a lawyer defend you against federal crimes?

How does a lawyer defend you against federal crimes?

If you’re accused of a crime, you need to defend yourself. Criminal defense is an area of the law that can help. In general, when you’re developing a defense, the job of an attorney is to look at what the prosecutor is planning to do or the story he will tell. So for instance, if the attorney is going to talk about a robbery and how it happened, the defense attorney would make sure to have alibis, witnesses and a story that negates the prosecutor’s theories.

A criminal defense needs to be based on truth. So, if you’ve been accused of a federal crime, then it’s important to be honest about what happened if you speak with an attorney. Take for instance if you have been accused of murder; your story of what happened may be very different than what the prosecution tries to say happened. There is no reason that you shouldn’t be heard, and with the right defense, you can be.

There are several ways a defense can help by pointing out the truth. For instance, a criminal lawyer would discuss how your car was stolen the morning of a crash you weren’t involved in, or they may show why the events took place like they did to elicit sympathy on your behalf. For example, if you were involved in a fight, the attorney may be able to show how you were only lashing out in self-defense.

Of course, having evidence that disproves the prosecutor’s theories is always welcome. For instance, if there is video footage of you being somewhere other than the scene at the time of the crime, that would clearly help your case. By being honest with your attorney, you can rest assured your attorney can provide a strong, solid defense on your behalf.

Source: FindLaw, “Criminal Defense Strategies” Oct. 02, 2014

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