People who are facing a first-degree murder charge are in a fight for their life. When you are in this position, you should evaluate your possible defense options quickly so that you can start planning a strategy to address the prosecution’s claims against you.
One of the first things that you need to do is to evaluate the circumstances of the killing, so you can determine where to begin with your defense. In many cases, you will put multiple elements together to present a comprehensive look at your claims.
There are many options for defenses of first-degree murder. Self defense is a common one, but you have to ensure that there was an immediate and severe danger to you and that you were only trying to avoid being gravely injured or killed. Two other options are that the death happened accidentally or that you weren’t the person who claimed the life.
No matter what type of defense strategy you use, you must ensure that it is based on fact. Your attorney can work with you on a way to present those facts so that it works as part of your defense. Part of having a suitable defense strategy is remembering that how things are perceived has a part in how your defense goes.
Remember, your job isn’t necessarily to prove your innocence. As the defendant, you should work toward making the jurors question the claims of the prosecutor. In order to convict you, they must be able to do so beyond a reasonable doubt. When you make them question what the prosecution is claiming, you might be able to sow that seed of doubt.