Defenses to Criminal Offenses
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The Jacksonville criminal defense attorney of LGL has experience with many different defenses available in Florida criminal courts. There are many aspects to defending a criminal case, but there are some common defenses that clients often have questions about. We've outlined some of the more common defenses used below. These defenses are often used in conjunction with each other to both defend against the case and as leverage in the negotiation process. If you have a pending criminal case or are under investigation, call our experienced criminal lawyer for a free consultation and ask us what defenses may be available in your case.
Yes they can. They can almost always charge you with a crime. The question is whether they can convict you of a crime. Self defense cases are some of the most litigated cases that appear in criminal court. Reasonable people can disagree on whether an act was truly self defense or whether it was an act of aggression or otherwise unwarranted. These are difficult cases that usually involve the prosecutor and defense attorney sparring over each fact to gain leverage in the case. Body language, words spoken, tone, prior interactions between the person charged and the listed victim all will be poured over and argued throughout the pendency of the case. It is important to hire a criminal defense attorney who is going to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and will uncover each and every positive fact for you. That attorney can do this through interviews, depositions, private investigators, social media research, and by using other tools to craft a defense that is most helpful to your cause. The criminal defense attorney should use the fruits of that labor to leverage negotiations with the prosecutor, to try to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges, to file a motion to dismiss, and ultimately, as a last result, to convince a jury that you are not guilty by reason of justifiable use of force. Call our experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss the viability of self defense in your particular case.
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