If you face criminal charges, you must figure out how to defend yourself. The only option is pleading guilty, which could lead to time behind bars, fines, probation and other penalties.
If you face charges, FindLaw explains there are several common defenses you may want to consider. You should keep in mind the defense should match the crime. Not everyone will work in every situation.
In criminal cases, the burden of proof lies on the prosecution. For you, this means if you can insert doubt into the case and show that it is likely someone else is guilty of the crime, then you may be able to avoid a conviction.
Give an alibi
Sometimes, it is easy to prove you did not commit the crime by providing an alibi or some proof you could not have been physically in the location of the crime to commit it. An alibi may otherwise cast doubt on how you could have accomplished the crime.
Entrapment is when law enforcement leads you to commit a crime. It is most likely to occur in a sting operation. To prove entrapment, you need to show the actions you took were something you would not have done without the presence of an officer leading you to do the action.
The insanity defense is not an easy one to use. The legal standards for insanity are incredibly high. Unless you have medical proof of your mental state, it could be tough to use this as a defense.
Self-defense is when you committed an act to protect yourself from serious harm. This will come into play in situations where you harmed or killed someone else.
Remember, you should choose the defense that best works for your situation.