Memphis residents who have been accused of a crime know how serious the situation can be. Convictions for criminal charges can bring severe penalties including fines and prison time. A good criminal defense strategy is thus important in making sure a defendant’s voice is heard.

If you have been accused of a crime you may be wondering what are some criminal defense strategies. Many times, telling the truth is one of the best defenses. By telling the truth, you can say what happened in your own way. The truth will have a foundation that is true. This truth can also gather sympathy from the judge or jury. For example, many times a defendant can show that he tried to get away from committing the crime before it occurred and may have even tried to call the police to stop the offense from occurring. You might also attempt to show that he was not at the scene of the crime by providing a sound alibi.

Another option is for you to admit to committing the crime. This can be beneficial for you as it can lead to reduced charges and fines. On the other hand, you can completely deny the charges and take the matter to trial. You might be able to admit to the alleged crime and explain why it happened, illustrating that the act was not, in fact, a crime. For example if you go into a person’s house to pick up the homeowner’s chainsaw and are then charged with breaking and entering, you might be acquitted if you can prove that you had the homeowner’s key and permission to borrow the chainsaw. You could then claim that any damage to the doors and windows must have happened after you had legally entered the home with a key and removed the chainsaw.

If you are facing criminal charges, then you may want to discuss your criminal defense strategy with a legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense. There are always two sides to every story and it is important that both are heard.

Source: FindLaw, “Criminal defense strategies“, accessed on Jan. 5, 2015