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Determining the right criminal defense strategy

As a pervious post highlighted, some criminal offenders might seek to take measures to clear their criminal history. While taking the step to have a criminal conviction expunged could greatly benefit an offender, this process is not available for all criminal charges. Therefore, those accused of criminal charges should take the appropriate steps to fully understand their defense strategies no matter the severity of the charges.

As a pervious post highlighted, some criminal offenders might seek to take measures to clear their criminal history. While taking the step to have a criminal conviction expunged could greatly benefit an offender, this process is not available for all criminal charges. Therefore, those accused of criminal charges should take the appropriate steps to fully understand their defense strategies no matter the severity of the charges.

Planning a criminal defense strategy is not a one size fits all process. Every defendant is different, has a diverse criminal history and they have varying goals and needs. Moreover, the details of the crime the defendant is accused of are often very unique, causing the defense process to be just as unique.

While many defense plans are individualized to the needs, goals and background of the defendant, the accused has two general options when it comes to making a criminal defense. They can tell the truth or they can make denials and admissions of guilt.

By using factual events, a defendant could tell the truth through storytelling. These stories generally have characteristics such as being based on a truthful foundation of evidence, have the ability to gain sympathy from judges and the jury and helps explains and proves why certain events occurred in the defendant's story.

On the other hand, denials and admissions of guilt are used in three scenarios. First, denials and admissions of guilt are used in a confession story. This is where a defendant will admit to the crime. Second, a defendant could use them in a complete denial story. This is when a defendant denies all of the charges they are facing. Finally, it is used to admit and explain a story. This falls somewhere between a confession and a denial story because they normally involve a legal justification for the crime committed.

Depending on the details of the crime and the circumstances of the defendant, all, some or just one of these defense options might be ideal. In order to gain a better understanding about criminal defense options and how these strategies work to reduce charges and dismiss charges, defendants should take the time to fully understand their situation. This will help protect their rights while also helping them to avoid serious penalties.

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