If you have been accused of a crime, you will likely be concerned about the potential consequences that a conviction will carry. If you have been accused of a federal crime, being found guilty will almost certainly lead to jail time.
While this is concerning, it’s important to remember that everyone has the right to defend themselves — and the truth is often your best defense. The following are some of the ways that you can use the truth as a defense in ways that could ultimately lead to a dismissed case, an acquittal or a reduction in your charges or sentence.
Showing that a crime was less serious than it seems
You may want to defend yourself by admitting that you committed a crime. For example, if you are accused of selling an illegal drug, you may want to admit that you were in fact using drugs, but that you were buying and not selling. This truthful admission could explain a lot about the case and mean that you will face the less serious charge of drug possession instead of trafficking.
Gaining sympathy from the judge and jury
Sometimes people make mistakes in the heat of the moment that they later regret. Showing that you were hesitant, felt guilty, or feeling pressured into committing an illegal act could help you to build sympathy with the court, which could result in a lighter sentence.
Giving an alibi that supports your innocence
Providing facts about where you were when the crime took place could help to prove that you were not the offender, especially in cases of mistaken identity.
If you are concerned about the legal consequences of a crime that you have been accused of, it’s important that you understand the law when creating your defense strategy.