Building a Defense Against a Charge for a Criminal Offense
When charged with a criminal offense, it is important to have an effective strategy in order to fight the charge. The actual defense method will differ on a case-by-case basis and will be based on several factors unique to the situation, including the charge or charges themselves and the evidence the prosecution possesses. It is always best to have assistance from an Illinois lawyer uniquely qualified to represent a defendant charged with a criminal offense.
In some circumstances, it may be best to first see what the prosecution will present against the defendant. Once the prosecution’s evidence is known, the legal team can identify the best way to proceed. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the defense team may choose one of many strategies, such as a denial of involvement or an explanation demonstrating extenuating circumstances. Of course, an outright denial of the alleged crimes is also a legitimate defense strategy that may prove to be effective in court.
A defendant may find that it is best to confess to his or her involvement in a crime and work with his or her legal team on securing a plea agreement. It may be that the defendant has the best chance of avoiding a lengthy jail sentence or minimal fines by entering into a plea deal, but this option is not always available. Regardless of the strategy that is chosen for a particular situation, a criminal defense attorney will prepare a defendant for all court appearances.
The first step in developing a criminal defense strategy is securing assistance from a qualified lawyer. There is no substitute for a strong legal ally in the midst of a difficult situation. It should be noted that every Illinois resident has the right to an attorney and has the right to defend him or herself against a charge for a criminal offense.
Source: criminal.findlaw.com, “Criminal Defense Strategies“, Dec. 31, 2014
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