Facing homicide charges, which include murder and manslaughter, isn’t something that can be ignored. These charges aren’t going to go away if you try to forget about them. Because of the very nature of them, the criminal justice system usually takes a very harsh stance against these crimes. It is imperative that you take the time to learn about what options you have to fight the charges against you.
One thing that can impact how you might defend yourself against these crimes is the exact charge you are facing. All murder and manslaughter charges have specific criteria that must be present for you to be convicted. If the prosecution fails to establish the presence of all of those criteria, the case against you will fail. This is when your defense strategy comes into the picture. You need to look at the specifics of the case and find out where you can introduce doubt about what the prosecution says happened.
There are numerous options for a defense against murder charges. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to successfully show the jury that you were acting out of fear for your own life or that the other person’s death was the result of a mere accident — not an intentional act on your part.
You mustn’t try to force a defense based on what worked for another person. Instead, work with your attorney to develop a customized strategy that enables you to directly address the claims against you. Often, the evidence against you is not nearly as strong as the prosecution would have you believe — but it may take an experienced eye to spot the weaknesses in a case.