Defenses to Crimes

Criminal Law 101


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Many lawyers will tell you that you have to go to trial to asset these defenses.  That is simply untrue.  You can file a motion to suppress or a motion to dismiss or a stand your ground motion well in advance of trial and avoid the stress of pushing your case to trial.  Trial should be a last resort.  Why put yourself through all that stress when you can simply have a pretrial motion?

But if you do need to go to trial, The Fighter Law Firm is ready to go with you.  At trial, judges must inform the jury of these defenses, which can be found in the list below.  In addition to your theory of defense, there are several standard defenses available to anyone charged with a crime in Florida.

An experienced attorney should know to assert these defenses in your case at the appropriate time. Strategically, it might be in your best interests to assert a defense early on. Other times, that might not be the case. Attorneys can file motions to dismiss based on these defenses far in advance of trial. Alternatively, whether the defense exists can be left up to the jury to decide (in which case, the Judge will have to read for them the appropriate jury instruction).