To win a criminal trial, you need to show that the prosecution’s case against you is not as ironclad as it looks. That’s not usually easy, since most prosecutors are not going to go to trial unless they think that they can win. This is why you should think about hiring an experienced Astoria criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
To win a criminal trial, you have to have the charges dismissed or you have to have a jury find you “not guilty.” If a jury cannot come to an agreement about whether you are guilty or not guilty, that’s a hung jury. Your case could be dismissed, but the prosecutor often asks for a retrial in such cases, so you would not be out of the woods just yet.
An attorney can sometimes get a case dismissed before jury deliberations begin. A defense lawyer can argue that:
A defense attorney who can successfully argue any of these points can hobble a prosecutor’s case, essentially winning the criminal trial as it begins.
If the case proceeds and there is evidence against you, then you have to try and create reasonable doubt. The state needs to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, meaning that any reasonable person who saw their case would accept their argument. You need to show that there are other potential explanations for what occurred.
There are a few ways to do this. Your lawyer can:
Any of these strategies can help create reasonable doubt. If a jury can believe that there is an alternative explanation and that you purposely committing a crime is not the only possible scenario, they are supposed to find you not guilty.
If you are serious about winning your criminal trial, you should have a knowledgeable attorney by your side. Contact Vasiliou Law and schedule your free consultation. We would love to take the time to tell you more about what our law firm can do to assist you.