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Your 4 main options for a criminal defense

Should you find yourself awaiting trial in Georgia for a criminal act, one of the best things you can do is educate yourself about the law and your potential defenses. This will help you be prepared for what you will face in the courtroom.

Georgia criminal laws are tough, so you need to know what strategies could work in your favor.

Every criminal defense is based on a situation’s unique factors

In the United States, there are over 20 categories of criminal defense, but the top four include:

  1. Self-defense involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm. It’s a strategy that’s used when a person who has been accused of assault, battery, or murder claims that they did what was necessary to protect themselves or their family. 
  2. Innocence is a strategy that must prove that you are not guilty, despite what the prosecution says. This defense calls for witnesses, alibis, and evidence that clearly proves you did not commit the crime.
  3. Constitutional violations relate to how you were treated at the moment of your arrest. Were you not Mirandized? Was your confession coerced? Was your home, car, or place of business searched without a warrant? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, your best defense could be a constitutional violation.
  4. Insanity pleas must demonstrate without a doubt that you, the defendant, were not n your right mind at the time that the crime was committed. You must prove that you had no understanding of right or wrong due to mental illness or extreme duress. Insanity defenses are seldom used and are not considered very reliable because of their complexity.

The more you understand the potential options available to you, the better you can participate in your own defense. Having the proper legal defense is the best way to get a favorable outcome to your case. 

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