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Criminal defense attorneys have a number of defense strategies at their disposal, but not every defense will work for every defendant. The most effective way of supporting a favorable outcome for your case is to be completely honest and open with your criminal defense attorney in Denver, CO. If you omit certain facts or obscure any details, your lawyer will have a harder time defending you effectively.

Alibi

If you have an alibi, it means that there is evidence that you could not have committed the crime because you were elsewhere at the time. One or more credible eyewitnesses may testify that you were far away from the crime scene, for example. Or, your criminal defense attorney may find time-stamped surveillance footage that proves you are not guilty.

Inadequate Proof

Even if you lack an alibi, your felony defense attorney may win an acquittal for you if the evidence against you is insubstantial or not credible. In a criminal court, the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor. The prosecutor must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Your lawyer can use a variety of tactics to demonstrate the weakness of the prosecutor’s arguments. For example, your lawyer can prove that a key witness for the prosecution has a history of substance abuse and is therefore unreliable. Physical evidence may be shown to have been compromised or contaminated.

Self-Defense

A self-defense strategy can sometimes be effective. The law allows individuals to use reasonable force to defend themselves or others from imminent harm. However, the key word here is “reasonable.” The force used by the criminal defendant must correspond to the force used by the assailant. For example, if Mary slaps Susan on the face with an open hand, Susan cannot successfully claim self-defense if she pulls out a gun and shoots Mary. However, if Mary attacks Susan with a knife, Susan could respond by using pepper spray on Mary. This would likely be considered reasonable force for the situation.

Coercion and Duress

In some cases, a felony defense attorney may use the coercion and duress strategy. This means that you were coerced to commit an unlawful act by an act of violence or the threat of violence against yourself or against another person, such as a family member.

Criminal Defense Strategies by Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C.