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How to determine which defense strategy is best in your situation

There are many types of situations that can somehow result in criminal charges being filed against you. Perhaps you were driving along a Texas highway when police pulled you over because your tail light was out. The next thing you knew, you were asked to step out of your vehicle and walk a straight line, then charged with drunk driving. Maybe you borrowed a friend's jacket, and an officer searched the pockets, found a baggie of suspicious material and charged you with a drug crime.

You never know when life will change in an instant and you'll find yourself in need of assistance to defend yourself in court. Such situations are usually highly stressful, but it's crucial to remember that if police charge you with a crime, that doesn't necessarily mean a court will convict you. In fact, it doesn't even necessarily mean you will stand trial. It simply means you will have the opportunity to present as strong a defense as possible to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

Exploring defense strategies and choosing the right one

No two situations involving criminal charges are exactly the same. You and another person may face similar charges, yet the defense option that works for the other person may not be the best choice for you. Keeping the following common defense strategies in mind (and knowing where to turn for guidance) may help you make informed decisions and mitigate circumstances that arise if you're facing criminal charges:

  • Using an alibi to deny wrongdoing: If police say you were somewhere at some time and committed a crime, and you know it's not possible because you were somewhere else at the same time with another person who can attest to that fact, this might be the best criminal defense option for your particular situation. 
  • Admit to certain things and give logical reason behind your actions: Let's say you're charged with stealing items from an apartment after neighbors heard a window break and called police. You might say that you did indeed remove items from the apartment but entered with a key given to you by the apartment owner. You might have a reason for removing the items and explain that you know nothing about the broken window. 
  • Full confession: There's always an option to plead guilty and confess to the crime or crimes with which police have charged you. You may want to discuss the potential ramifications of this option with an experienced defense advocate before entering any type of plea in court. 

Going it alone in court to fight against any type of criminal charges is typically not the wisest choice for most defendants. Depending on the details of your case, you may have a lot at stake, including your personal freedom or driving privileges, not to mention your private and professional reputation. Many Texas residents have obtained far better results by reaching out for assistance in presenting defenses that lead to the most favorable outcomes possible.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is a great asset who can aggressively act on your behalf to combat any tactics employed by prosecutors in their quest to secure a conviction.

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