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The importance of a criminal defense strategy

This blog recently discussed possible defenses to robbery charges. If charged with a crime, any crime, it can be helpful to understand criminal defense options and strategies and how criminal defense strategies are developed. A criminal defense strategy and story will be influenced by the story the prosecution is telling about the accused individual and the criminal charges the accused individual is facing. As such, each criminal defense strategy is unique and different and it is important to be aware of the options when facing something as serious as criminal charges.

There are several different types of criminal defense options and criminal defense strategies and part of the process may involve focusing on certain facts or details that are important. The accused individual and their representative will work together to create a criminal defense strategy that responds to the charges the accused individual is facing.

A number of considerations can factor into to a criminal defense strategy, such as the credibility of witnesses, how evidence being used against the accused individual was obtained or collected, the actions of law enforcement and whether those actions may have violated any criminal defense rights or protections of the accused individual and a variety of other factors such as the relationship between authorities and the community.

Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming, emotional and frightening process so it is helpful to be prepared for what the criminal justice process includes which can entail the court-room setting, plea negotiations or other situations throughout the process. The right to defend against criminal charges is an important right and it is important for accused individuals to understand what that means for them.

Source:, "Criminal Defense Strategies," Accessed June 20, 2016

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