The Different Types of Defenses Available to Accused Individuals

There are a variety of different types of criminal defense options available to accused individuals that can help them with the potential penalties and consequences they are facing related to criminal charges. There are different types of criminal defense strategies based on the situation and circumstances which is why accused individuals should be familiar with their criminal defense rights and the legal resources available to them.

Affirmative Defenses

Affirmative defenses are one type of criminal defense accused individuals may utilize. An affirmative defense provides an explanation for the actions the accused individual is being accused of. Examples of affirmative defenses include self-defense, defense of others, insanity, duress, entrapment and involuntary intoxication. Affirmative defenses depend on the specific situation and circumstances so it is helpful for accused individuals to know what the different options are if they think an affirmative defense can apply to them.

Other Defense Options

Other defense options may also be available to accused individuals depending on the situation and circumstances. It may be possible to challenge the alleged facts and evidence against the accused individual or statements made by police or witnesses. In addition, if any of the accused individual’s rights were violated, such as during a search or arrest, it may serve as grounds for challenging the charges the accused individual is facing.

When an individual has been accused of committing a crime, there are facing significant potential penalties and the possibility of losing their freedom. As a result, it is essential that they are aware of how they can respond and develop a strong criminal defense strategy.

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