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How can I defend myself in criminal court?

Criminal charges in Tennessee can result in serious consequences, including years in prison, fines, probation and other penalties. However, many criminal charges are dismissed in court when the defense uses a solid criminal defense strategy.

Your criminal defense strategy will depend on your specific charges. However, there are some defenses that are usable in most cases, regardless of the type of crime you are charged with. One of these strategies requires you to tell the truth in a certain way. While your story must be based in factual evidence, there are ways for you to tell your story and gain sympathy from the judge or jury hearing your case. You should also be able to explain and prove the facts of your story to make sure that your story is "airtight" and cannot be challenged by the prosecution.

When defendants tell their story, they may be able to admit or deny certain events that occurred with regards to the alleged crime. Some defendants will deny everything and use an alibi to prove that they were nowhere near the scene of the crime when the crime occurred. Other defendants may admit to certain crime-related activities, but come up with an explanation as to why their actions could be legally justifiable.

Once your attorneys hear your story, they can work with you to determine how to build your case in court. In addition to telling your story the right way, you will also need to consider your witnesses' credibility and your reputation in the community. These factors can play a huge role in whether your charges are lessened or dismissed. Your attorney can also help prepare you for questioning from the other side. You have the right to defend yourself against the charges brought against you. With help from your attorney, you can prepare a defense to possibly have your charges dismissed.

Source: FindLaw, "Criminal Defense Strategies," accessed on March 13, 2017

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