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Criminal defense strategies must focus on a specific goal

A criminal case can have a significant impact on a defendant's life. These cases are sometimes resolved prior to a trial through a plea deal; however, this isn't always true. Some defendants have to stand trial in front of a jury of their peers, which can be challenging to say the least.

In every criminal case, it is a good idea to start working on the trial defense as early as possible. Even if you are trying to work out a plea deal with the prosecutor, having your defense strategy in the works can help you to be prepared if the negotiations don't work.

The goal of a criminal trial

From a defense standpoint, the ultimate goal of a criminal trial is to have the defendant found not guilty. In some cases, the defendant knows that this isn't likely because of the evidence in the case. In these instances, the aim might shift to minimize penalties as a result of a conviction. The goals that the defendant and his or her legal representation set must be central to the defense strategy.

A central factor

One thing to remember with respect to your criminal defense strategy is that the burden falls on the prosecution. Your job is introduce doubt into the prosecution's case. You should aim to make the jurors question the prosecutor's claims. You must review the case against you one point at a time to determine which ones you need to address.

Telling a story

Think about when you tell a story. There are different ways you can convey the information truthfully, but that present the facts in a different light. To an extent, this is how criminal defense works. Your defense must present a factual story but that story must be told in a way that makes it possible for people to understand and sympathize with your side of things.

Personalized strategy

No two criminal defense strategies are the same because no two cases are the same. You can't focus on what worked for another person in a similar situation. Trying to rely on someone else's defense can lead to problems for your case. Instead, start working on your defense quickly after you find out you are facing charges. This gives you ample time to get things sorted out so that you can strategize comprehensively.

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