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What is an admit and explain defense?

If you have been charged with a crime of any kind, the future could seem quite uncertain. Criminal investigations can often be lengthy and complex, and you may find yourself being accused of a wide range of offenses, depending on your suspected involvement in the crime in question. As such, it is important to think carefully about your defense and be prepared to challenge any details of the accusations against you.

It is important to remember that you are considered innocent unless your guilt can be proven beyond any reasonable doubt. As such, anything you can do to preserve that doubt is important. However, in some cases it may be clear that you had some involvement in the incident, and you may find that outright denial is not an option.

As this article on defense strategies explains in greater detail, one choice that may be available to you in this situation is what is known as an admit and explain defense. This means that although you are effectively admitting to some involvement in the crime, you are also giving a reason for your actions, which may be enough to swing the court in your favor. For example, you could have been acting in self-defense, or you may have been tricked into committing a crime.

Whatever the case, an attorney could prove to be an invaluable ally. He or she can advise you on the best line of defense to take and may be able to help you prepare for your trial. Every case is different, so the defense you choose will depend heavily on your individual situation. However, with the right guidance you may be able to clear your name and avoid conviction, or at least secure a lighter sentence.

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