Facing arrest for a crime can be one of the most unsettling experiences in a person’s life. Even if this is not your first time wearing handcuffs in the back of a police car, you may still be dealing with feelings of confusion and uncertainty.
Every case is different, but there are limited options for the course of action you may take when prosecutors file charges against you. You will want to discuss the matter carefully with your attorney before making any decisions or taking any drastic steps. Making a hasty move can leave you with negative consequences that could follow you the rest of your life.
What if you were involved?
If you admit to being part of the criminal act and the evidence confirms this, you may have a lot of work to do. Building a defense strategy that gives you the best opportunity for an optimistic outcome means presenting the facts so they portray the best possible image of you. This does not mean telling lies, but it may involve stressing the truthful elements of the event that help the jury reach a positive conclusion about your role.
For example, your attorney may demonstrate that others coerced you into participating in the criminal act, that you did not realize an illegal act was occurring or that this was an isolated event in your otherwise clean history. Your defense strategy may explain your actions before or after the crime to show you attempted to stop it or that you felt remorse when it was over.
Building a defense strategy
It is possible you stand accused of a crime you did not commit. The evidence against you may be circumstantial, and you may have a challenge disputing its validity. Additionally, your attorney may use any of the following or other strategies to defend you against the charges:
- Discussing with you any evidence or claims the prosecution has against you
- Gathering experts to examine and challenge the evidence
- Questioning whether the police violated your rights, such as neglecting to inform you of your right to have an attorney before answering questions
- Discrediting eyewitness accounts
Your attorney will have a good sense of the strength of the case against you, and your counsel may feel it is in your best interests to accept a plea deal for a lesser penalty. However, this is a decision best made after careful examination of the details of the case with the help of an experienced legal professional.