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Defense should be tailored to alleged crime

In previous posts we have discussed how important it is for someone who is accused of a crime to take action to create a defense. Generally the creation of a defense is best accomplished by consulting a criminal defense lawyer as that person can usually help determine the best approach in a defense. Just what the defense will look like will vary depending on the specifics of the situation.

The defense attorney of a man in another state, facing multiple charges related to a murder that occurred in an altercation following a driving lesson, recently shared one possible approach for his client’s defense. He indicated that he is exploring how a fractured skull as an infant may have affected the man’s actions. The 19 year old is charged with murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. The father of the accused pled guilty to child abuse in connection to the injury.

A neuropsychiatric research director at a children’s hospital indicated that multiple things would go into an evaluation of this nature including:

  • The severity of the injury
  • The young man’s personal psychiatric history
  • His family’s psychiatric history
  • Evidence of defiance
  • Mood swings
  • Violent or impulsive behavior
  • The income level of his family

Whether this defense will ultimately be pursued remains to be seen. It highlights however the fact that when it comes to criminal defense, one size does not fit all. A defense should be focused on each specific case. Working with a criminal defense lawyer is the best way to set about doing that.

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