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Presenting a criminal defense

Illinois residents who have been charged with a crime may find it necessary to provide a defense during a trial. A criminal defense strategy can be developed that can provide them with the best chances of winning their criminal case.

A criminal defense strategy depends on the plans of the prosecutor. Criminal prosecutions will vary from case to case, as each case has its own unique factors. As a result, the criminal defense strategy will be unique as well.

It is not advisable to create false stories in order to prove innocence. Criminal defendants who are honest with their attorney will have a higher likelihood of presenting an effective defense. However, it is important to be aware that the truth as viewed by a criminal defendant may not always be the same as the truth the prosecutor sees.

In fact, it is not unusual for there to be more than one version of the truth that may be brought forth by a criminal prosecution. In cases in which the defendant is being tried for murder, there may be a wide range of true accounts. One account could have the defendant taking the life of the victim in an act of premeditated murder. Another account could have the defendant killing the victim in self-defense as a response to being assaulted by the victim. The most effective criminal defense strategy will be one in which the criminal defense attorney and the defendant provide an account that is based in fact and that presents the defendant in the most positive light.

A criminal defense attorney may consider the factors of the crime that a client is being accused of and may suggest what type of defense should be presented. The attorney might advise clients of which legal strategies should be used to exonerate them.

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