Defenses Against Criminal Charges in Tallahassee
Choose an Attorney Who Can Protect Your Rights and Freedom
Not everyone who is charged with a crime is guilty. Unfortunately, you
will still be faced with the daunting experience of having to go through
the criminal justice system and will need a skilled attorney who is able
to craft a defense on your behalf to ensure you have the best possible
chance of achieving a successful outcome. Depending on the circumstances
of your case, your attorney will be able to tailor a defense that suits
your specific needs. However, while the specifics of your defense will
be as unique as your particular situation, the heart of any good defense
is based one or more defense approaches that frequently come into play.
At Jansen & Davis, P.A., our Tallassee criminal defense attorneys are
well-versed in a vast range of defenses to criminal charges and will work
with you to customize a defense that will help you secure a favorable
For the representation you deserve, call us today at (877) 378-6136 to
schedule a free initial case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team!
Defenses Available to Criminal Charges
More often than not, a defendant will claim that he or she did not commit
the crime. Of course, simply saying that you did not commit the crime
is not enough. In such cases, some of these defenses might be used:
Presumption of Innocence: You have probably heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”
at least once in your life. Everyone who is accused of a crime is legally
presumed innocent until the point of conviction, regardless if he or she
accepts a plea deal or is convicted through a trial. The presumption of
innocence means the prosecution team is obligated to convince a jury of
one’s peers that the defendant is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
This is actually a much higher burden than some realize, because it means
a jury cannot simply think the defendant might be guilty in order to convict
him or her. As such, this defense focuses on highlighting the fact that
the prosecution did not adequately meet their burden of proof.
An Alibi: Evidence that can prove a defendant was elsewhere when the crime he or
she is charged with occurred is one of the strongest forms of defense.
For example, if you were accused of a burglary crime that occurred at
midnight on April 2, but you have an alibi from a friend stating that
you were at a late night movie premiere from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. along
with ticket stubs and a credit card statement to back it up, it would
make it much more difficult for the prosecution to prove you committed
Self-Defense: Even if a defendant committed the act he or she is being accused of, it
might not have been a criminal act. Self-defense is often asserted in
crimes of violence, including assault, battery, and murder, when a defendant
was put in a position where he or she needed to fight off another individual’s
threatening or violent actions to prevent serious harm or death. When
this defense is used, there are a few critical elements that must be addressed.
Who was the aggressor and did the defendant believe self-defense was necessary?
Were the defendant’s actions reasonable? This approach is based
on the belief that everyone should be allowed to protect themselves.
Police Misconduct: Many law enforcement officials are ethical and uphold the law, but there
are also some who engage in dishonest and dishonorable behavior by manufacturing
evidence or destroying evidence, giving false testimony, coercing suspects
or witnesses, and other acts that could potentially destroy a person’s
life. In some cases, it might not be readily apparent to a jury that police
misconduct played a role in a defendant’s current situation, which
is why this will require the assistance of a skilled criminal defense
attorney. The truth is that even something that might seem straightforward
can be complex.
Entrapment: If an individual solicited an undercover cop for sex, this would likely
not be considered entrapment since the undercover cop did not entice the
individual to commit the crime. Remember, law enforcement officers are
able to legally provide opportunities for individuals to commit crimes
without it being considered entrapment. However, if an undercover cop
offered an individual sex in exchange for money, inducing him or her to
commit the crime, this could be considered entrapment since the individual
might not have otherwise committed the crime.
Award-Winning Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tallahassee
If you are facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you act quickly
to ensure you have the best possible chance of protecting your future
and freedom. At Jansen and Davis, P.A., our Tallahassee criminal defense
team will guide and defend you throughout the entire process. With over
50 years of experience on our side, you can be confident in our ability
to effectively represent you and obtain a favorable resolution.
For the legal help you deserve, contact our law firm today at (877) 378-6136 to
schedule your free initial case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.