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Common criminal defenses used in Florida

Being charged with a crime does not have to mean you will be spending the rest of your life, or most of it, behind bars in Florida. In fact, many defendants are able to have charges dropped or reduced if they use some of the most common criminal defenses when in front of a judge. We will discuss those common defenses in today's post.

A popular and obvious criminal defense is the truth. This is especially effective when the charges brought against you are based on false claims made by the prosecutor. Your criminal defense attorney will need to put all of his or her trust in the fact that you are telling the truth. Your attorney will also need to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are innocent of the charges filed against you.

You could also try the criminal defense method of admit and explain the story. For example, maybe you were charged with breaking into a car and stealing the items inside. If you were actually given the key to the car by a friend or relative, you could tell the judge that you used the key to remove the items from the car because it was parked in a bad neighborhood. You could then argue that the windows were smashed after you removed the items.

Denying the charges against you in a criminal case can also be successfully accomplished by providing an alibi for yourself when the actual crime occurred. If your alibi checks out, it's likely that the charges will be dropped by the court, but you will need to provide plenty of evidence that supports and proves your alibi is truthful. This evidence could include security tapes, receipts and even statements made by witnesses to your whereabouts.

Contact our firm today if you have been charged with a crime and are in need of a criminal defense attorney in the Tampa Bay area. We will be able to review your case and provide you with counsel when appearing in court.

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