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Are you facing criminal charges? If so, you must build a strong case and develop an effective defense strategy.

While the situation can be overwhelming and stressful, you should remember the law – you are innocent until proven guilty. The U.S. Constitution also gives you the right to a strong defense.

Regardless of the criminal charges you face, you must take steps to protect your rights and freedom. Some tips to help you build a solid criminal defense strategy can be found here.

How To Build an Effective Criminal Defense Strategy

Building a solid criminal defense strategy is complex. You must know what elements are required to do this. The most important elements of any criminal defense strategy include the following:

  • Strong evidence. Your attorney will collect evidence related to your case and present it in a manner that helps prove your innocence.
  • Effective explanation of what happened. If you have been charged with a crime, it is because the prosecuting attorney believes their evidence can satisfy the burden of proof that you are guilty. Your attorney will work with you to show you could not have committed the crime or provide a reason why your actions were needed or justifiable.
  • Adequate time to prepare. Your attorney will prepare for the case by collecting evidence, witness testimonies, and more. You should hire legal representation as soon as possible after being charged with a crime so they have as much time as possible to build a solid defense on your behalf.

These elements are required when building a solid defense against criminal charges. However, it is also beneficial to know what to do and what to avoid as your attorney creates a viable defense strategy on your behalf.

Common Defense Strategies Your Attorney May Use

A common way that defense attorneys represent their clients is by showing that the prosecution did not show their client (you) were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Your attorney can do this by raising questions about the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses. This creates doubt in the juror’s minds, so they acquit you.

Some of the ways that your attorney will work to create doubt include the following:

  • Show weaknesses in testimonies from witnesses that give the impression that they are lying.
  • Highlight police mistakes while they gathered, maintained, and tested physical evidence against you.
  • Suggest that a witness may have received a bribe from the prosecution to give testimony against a defendant to receive a benefit for their pending criminal charges.
  • Make the argument that the testimony is unbelievable because it is not logical.

Tips to Help You Build a Criminal Defense Strategy

Now that you know the elements of an effective criminal defense strategy, learn some tips for creating one, which are highlighted here.

Hire an Experienced and Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney

After being arrested and charged with a crime, you may be unsure what your next step is. This is when it is smart to put in time and effort to find an experienced and reputable criminal defense attorney.

At the Law Offices of Stephen J. Pisani, LLC, our lawyers have decades of experience building solid defense strategies for clients in Colorado. We provide aggressive and knowledgeable defenses that help our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their cases.

We use our experience, expertise, skills, and resources in criminal law and the local area to review your case, provide advice, and represent you in court.

Disclose All Related Information to Your Attorney

Once you find an attorney you trust, you must give them all the details of your criminal charges. Do not lie or withhold information.

Your attorney needs all the facts. This is the only way you can hope for a successful defense strategy. The more your attorney knows about the case, the less likely there will be surprises in the courtroom that cause issues.

Understand the Charges You Are Facing

Building a strong criminal defense strategy requires understanding the charges you are facing. When you know what you are up against, you will better understand the situation.

If you do not understand something about the charges you are facing, your attorney can help explain it to you. They are an excellent source of information and are there to defend your rights and freedom.

Avoid Sharing Information About Your Case with Others

Creating a strong criminal defense strategy is not an easy process. Your attorney must consider the unique factors of your case and how the law applies to your situation and develop a strategy that adheres to the law while working to reduce the likelihood of a conviction.

While your attorney works to defend you in court, you must ensure you are not doing something that may jeopardize your ability to obtain a favorable outcome.

You should not discuss your criminal charges or case with anyone besides your lawyer.

One way to ensure you do this is by exercising your right to remain silent and always have your attorney present when being questioned by authorities (which is a constitutional right).

Never post about your case on social media. If you do this, you may compromise your attorney’s defense strategy.

Gathering Evidence Is Essential

While your attorney needs to know your story and all the details related to the situation, they also need evidence to build a strong defense. The evidence collected can be used to create a solid strategy.

Collecting evidence may not be something you can do, especially if you are being held in jail until your trial. A criminal defense attorney can obtain needed documents, witness testimony, and physical evidence supporting your defense strategy.

Witness Testimony Is Powerful 

Having witness testimony in your case can be beneficial when trying to prove you are innocent. Besides issuing subpoenas to people at the scene when you were arrested, your lawyer can call healthcare, forensics, and psychology experts to provide their insight on the case and character witnesses.

Trial consultants can also help build your defense strategy. Jury consultants can provide information on how jury members will likely react to the evidence presented at your hearing.

Consider All Your Legal Options

Sometimes, your attorney will recommend you go to court to fight the criminal charges against you. However, in other cases, it may be best to work with the prosecution to reduce the charges or reach a plea agreement.

In either case, you must determine the possible sentencing options and how they can impact your overall defense strategy.

After your attorney helps you create a solid defense strategy, you can decide on going to court or seeking reduced charges.

Our Legal Team Can Help with Your Case

If you are facing criminal charges in Colorado, our legal team at the Law Offices of Stephen J. Pisani can help. We can evaluate your situation and help you build a solid defense strategy.

We understand how overwhelming these situations can be and are ready to help you with your case.

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