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Exploring your criminal defense options

When Maryland residents are sitting in a jail cell in handcuffs, quite a number of thoughts are probably going through their heads. The immediate aftermath of an arrest can make anyone's head swim with thoughts and emotions. But, keeping a level-head could be the key to addressing your criminal case in a way that ends in a result that isn't the worst-case scenario.

Maryland residents who have been arrested and who are facing criminal prosecution will need to carefully consider their defense options. In essence, the theories of a criminal defense strategy will likely be one of two approaches: either the defendant didn't commit the crime alleged, or the defendant did commit the act in question but will argue that there should be no criminal consequences as a result.

The first potential strategy - innocence - can be difficult to establish because it can put the defendant "on offense" in the case. As most people know, the burden is on the prosecution to prove every element of the crime charged. If, for instance, the defendant attempts to assert an alibi defense or undermine the credibility of the prosecution's evidence in an attempt to raise a "reasonable doubt" in the minds of the jury, the burden can seem to shift slightly onto the defendant. The same is true for any criminal defense strategy that attempts to justify the act in question. Self-defense, for example, is a defense that will also require a defendant to put evidence in front of the jury to try to convince them that the defendant's story is true.

Maryland residents who have been arrested will likely have a number of criminal defense options to explore. It is important to do so in a thorough fashion.

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