If you’ve been charged with a crime the first thing you should be concerned with is finding a defense attorney who can explain your options and offer his advice as to how you should proceed. He will listen to your side of the story and together you can decide whether to try to negotiate to reduce the charges or to let the prosecution try to prove its case against you in a court of law.
If you and your attorney agree that going to trial is in your best interest the next step will be to decide on a defense. One option is to maintain your innocence and put the burden of proof onto the prosecuting attorney. He will then have to persuade a judge or jury that the evidence against you is strong enough to demonstrate your guilt beyond reasonable doubt. This means that prosecutor’s arguments will have to be so substantial that jurors are totally convinced of your guilt based on common logic.
Or, you may be better off admitting that the allegations against you are actual but that you have a valid explanation for your involvement. This would amount to an affirmative defense and would mean that your attorney will have to produce evidence to support your claim. In other words, instead of challenging the evidence that the prosecution has presented your attorney will try to prove that your actions were justified. There are many types of affirmative defenses available to a defense attorney depending on the circumstances of any given case. Common examples include self defense or duress, but an experienced defense attorney will be able to discuss several other options that may be open to you.
Being able to rely on the competence of his defense attorney will give a defendant the peace of mind necessary to present himself to a jury with a sense of self confidence. If you find yourself in need of a Colorado defense attorney contact the offices of Parker Lawyers @ 303-841-9525.