Perhaps the most serious criminal charge you can ever face is a murder charge. The intentional taking of someone else’s life carries very strict ramifications and sentencing could include things like life without parole.
As such, it is incredibly important for you to know about what defense options you have. You must explore them all thoroughly. So what are some of the possible defenses that you may be interested in using?
You were acting in self-defense
If someone else threatened you and you feared for your life, you are allowed to act in self-defense to protect yourself. You’re also allowed to protect other people who you fear may be in the same danger. Even if that protection winds up taking the life of the person who was threatening you or the others, self-defense may mean that it was justified. You could still certainly get arrested because the police may not know exactly what happened, but you can plead your case in court.
You didn’t do it intentionally
Perhaps you admit that you did take someone else’s life, but you didn’t do it intentionally. This is very important because intent is generally needed for first-degree murder charges. An accidental killing may also be illegal, but it may just be manslaughter or some lesser charge. This can carry far less strict sentencing regulations.
You have an alibi
In some cases, you may be accused of having committed a crime that you know there’s no possible way you could have committed because you weren’t remotely close to that location. An alibi can help you show your innocence. For example, perhaps you have receipts that were generated when you made a purchase at a gas station 50 miles away from where the crime took place, but at the same time.
The police have arrested the wrong person
Maybe you were at the location where the act took place, but someone else was responsible. When the police showed up, they didn’t know what occurred, and so they arrested you while the other individual escaped. You may be able to claim that you had nothing to do with the event and that you were just an innocent bystander who witnessed it.
Defending your rights
These are just four examples out of many potential defense options. Take the time to consider them carefully and to learn about all the options you have to defend your rights.