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Tell your attorney the truth when mounting a criminal defense

Criminal defense is basically a strategy to ensure that the charges against you are mitigated or you are found innocent. Every one of them is different so don't expect your case to resemble anything you have seen before. For instance, if the prosecutor puts you at the scene of the crime, your defense attorney will tell a different story, putting you somewhere else. This doesn't mean that you and your attorney concoct a lie. It means that your attorney will show you as innocent as often and as much as he or she can.

Being honest is of utmost importance when you are speaking to your attorney. For example, there may be several versions of the truth. In one, the defendant killed another person in cold blood. In another version, the defendant killed the other in self-defense after the person tried to harm him or her. Even if the defendant did kill another person, the reason behind it may differ. Plea bargaining can come about if the story is told in a different light and is believable.

A good criminal defense attorney can tell a story in many different ways. If you think of this as a map, you can look at it in two or more ways. One map shows the states of the U.S. against a blue background with dark lines demarkating the different states. Another map show the states in different colors with light lines around each state. They look nothing alike but show the same thing.

The story that the defense tells should be based on a truthful foundation of evidence. It must have the ability to garner sympathy from the judge or jury. And it needs to explain and prove why the events that happened in the defendant's story were the true and correct events.

Knowing that mounting a criminal defense can be daunting is important. You need to be totally honest with your attorney and let this professional do his or her job on your behalf.

Source: Findlaw, "Criminal defense strategies," accessed Sep. 01, 2015

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