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How should I explain myself in criminal court?

When it comes to criminal court proceedings, a defendant may have a variety of criminal defense strategies available to help him or her navigate the legal process. One of these strategies relates to the way the defendant explains him or herself. You might refer to this as the type of "criminal defense story" the individual employs. Below, you'll find a quick overview of the two ways criminal defendants usually explain themselves.

Which "criminal defense story" do you think would be appropriate in your situation?

A story of confession

When a defendant tells his or her side of the story in court, it's up to the jury to decide if he or she is actually guilty. Sometimes, however, when the evidence against the defendant is strong, it doesn't matter what the defendant says; due to the preponderance of the evidence, there could be a high likelihood of the defendant being found guilty. In these situations, a story of confession could help the defendant receive a reduced sentence and/or punishment. In other cases, a defendant might admit to committing a certain act, but also explain why he or she did so to show why it should not be considered a "crime."

A story of complete denial

A complete denial is the strongest refutation to the allegations that a defendant can make. Although it's not always necessary, in some cases, it helps the defendant if he or she can provide an alibi that proves he or she couldn't have committed the crime in question. In conjunction with a complete denial story of why the defendant didn't commit the crime, this might be a particularly powerful position to take.

If you've been accused of a crime, make sure you understand your legal rights and options before you decide on the most appropriate strategy for your criminal defense.

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