Facing criminal charges is an overwhelming experience. When individuals in Georgia and elsewhere are charged with a crime, they may be unsure about what the can and should do. Because the state has collected evidence against you, it can be an intimidating experience. However, not all evidence can stand. Additionally, defendants are afforded a wide variety of defense options, making it vital that they assess what options apply to them.
In order to determine what defense strategy is your best fit and option, it is important to gain a full picture and perspective of your options. When pleading to the charges, a defendant has the option to either deny or admit to the charges. This can fall into one of three categories.
A defendant could assert a confession story. This entails a defendant admitting the crime to his or her attorney. With this information, it can be further assessed and whether or not a plea bargain or criminal trial is the nest best step. Second, a defendant could make a complete denial. This is when a defendant denies all of the charges he or she is facing. The most popular form of this category is an alibi story. This asserts that there is no way that the defendant could have committed the crime.
The final option is to admit the crime and explain it. This falls between the first two categories and typically includes a legal justification for the alleged crime. For instance, a defendant could assert that he or she was using self-defense, had permission to do the act they did or any other similar action.
By sharing your story regarding the crime you are accused of, you and your attorney can better assess what criminal defense options are available to you. This will ensure you needs and interests are met, while protecting your legal rights at the same time.
Source: Findlaw.com, "Criminal Defense Strategies," accessed Sept. 6, 2017