Every criminal defendant needs to solidify the story that he or she will present regarding his or her side of the case. In fact, defendants might want to write their defense stories down to ensure that it's clear in their minds and that they don't inadvertently present an inconsistency that the prosecution could attack.
When determining your defense story, you may want to consider the following "types" of defense stories because, ultimately, your story will likely fall into one of these categories:
A "confession" is exactly like how it sounds. You admit to committing the crime, and you hope that the court will be lenient on you because you agreed to be honest about what happened.
The complete denial
A "complete denial" involves the recitation of the facts in a way that shows you did not commit the alleged crime. Sometimes, defendants have alibis to support their assertions that they did not commit the alleged crimes.
The admit and explain
The "admit and explain" is a way to say that you did the alleged action that the prosecution is calling a crime. However, by explaining why you committed the act, you can try to show why your action was not, in fact, a criminal act.
If you have been accused of a crime in Ohio -- no matter what the allegations -- you have the right to defend yourself. Learn more about your legal rights and discover what you can do to defend yourself in court by visiting our criminal defense law website now.