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How do you bring a good defense in a criminal case?

Criminal defense is necessary for many people who have been charged with a variety of accusations. The first step, when you are arrested, is to say absolutely nothing to the authorities about the crime you are accused of. Instead, ask for an attorney who has the knowledge and experience to handle your case well. Your lawyer will need you to tell him or her all the details of your crime. What did you do, what happened around you at the time, and how it all played out. The more information you give your attorney, the better a defense he or she can bring.

Also, the prosecution will have a say in this matter. Once your lawyer knows what avenue the prosecutor will take, he or she will be able to answer with a strong defense. Every case is unique so you need to expect your attorney to respond with a strategy that is applicable to your case alone.

This isn't to say that your defense attorney will make up stories to say that say you are in a different place doing something else. Your story will probably be different from the story that the prosecution will tell. Often, there are multiple versions of the truth that exist in criminal charges. For example, if you are being accused of murder, one story is that you killed the other person in cold blood. Another truth is that you were defending yourself and killed the person to protect yourself. Remember, even if you are guilty, telling a story in a better light can lead to plea bargaining and maybe a lesser charge.

Both the prosecution and your defense attorney can use the same basic truths to tell a story. It may be the difference of going to prison for a long time or being found not guilty by a jury. You will need to choose your attorney wisely.

Source: FindLaw, "Criminal Defense Strategies," accessed Nov. 23, 2015

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