In criminal cases, defense strategies vary by case. The strategy your lawyer will choose may change based on the evidence presented by the prosecution and the statement from witnesses. To successfully defend you in court, your Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer should be able to come up with a defense that offers reasonable doubt in court regarding whether or not you committed the crime itself.
The best attorney will present their defense strategies before they represent you at trial. But, if the prosecution produces witnesses or hard evidence such as video footage that shows your presence at the scene, the lawyer will charge the defense strategy. Such a shift should cast doubt on the authenticity of the video or demonstrate the reason you are not guilty even if you were at the scene.
Getting the Truth of the Situation
Sometimes, people think a defense attorney will just lie about the action of the defendant. However, telling the truth plays an important role in a criminal case. For instance, you were charged with robbery and the prosecution presents video footage that you were in the store when the crime was committed. But, the prosecution may fail to show that the robbery happened on the second floor and you were seen on the first floor. By getting the truth of the situation, your attorney can have your charges dropped.
Showing What You Were Thinking
Your attorney may show what you are thinking or feeling to show that you would never want to be involved in the crime you are charged with. For instance, you can show that you just drove your friends to a bank, without realizing they are planning to rob it. When you saw the crime, you tried to leave the scene and contact the police. Although the facts show your involvement, your mindset demonstrates your intention not to be involved in the robbery. How the judges and jurors will perceive the facts can change because of your mindset.
Your defense attorney may show that the procedures used by authorities were not legal or fair. Sometimes, this can lead to the evidence become inadmissible in court. For example, when the police searched your home, they had to prove probable cause to get a warrant to perform the search. If your home was searched and illegal drugs were found with your fingerprints on drug paraphernalia, your case might seem open-and-shut. But, your attorney might show the authorities failed to have probable cause and so performed the search illegally. As a result, the judge may throw out the evidence obtained.