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Self-defense is a common strategy for those accused of violence

Violent crimes are some of the most serious and carry the most significant penalties. From assault and battery to manslaughter, offenses that involve physical violence are among the most serious a person can face. Conviction of a violent offense can permanently impact your ability to secure employment and housing.

Unfortunately, people who are actually victims of violent crimes can find themselves facing allegations of a violent offense. Those who choose to stand up for themselves or others can occasionally wind up facing criminal consequences and violent crimes charges as a result. Law enforcement do their best to get to the bottom of altercations, but sometimes they make mistakes.

The good news for those facing allegations of a violent crime is that Missouri does have laws that allow for self-defense in any threatening situation. You can potentially build a defense strategy for your case that focuses on your right to defend yourself.

Self-defense is a kind of affirmative defense strategy

There are many ways that someone accused of a crime can defend against those allegations. Many times, individuals will claim that they did not engage in the criminal action or perhaps even that law enforcement wrongly identified them. These strategies can be successful in some circumstances.

However, many times a violent offense leaves behind physical evidence that is hard to dispute in court. The presence of your DNA could make it very clear that you had physical contact with the other person involved. There could also be witnesses or even security camera footage that show what happened. In that situation, an affirmative defense is your best option.

An affirmative defense declares to the court that yes, you engaged in the behavior that they allege. However, you were within your legal rights to do so. In this case, the claim would be that you only committed a violent act in order to protect yourself or someone else from violence. If you can demonstrate that to the courts, it can have a profound impact on your case.

Working with an attorney is important for any criminal defense strategy

As soon as you know you are facing allegations of some sort of violent crime, you need to take steps to protect yourself from the potential fallout. The sooner you start strategizing and consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the more time you will have to enact a strategy to protect yourself.

Acting in self-defense is often an instinct, not a choice. You should not have to face criminal charges and consequences because someone else threatened you or assaulted you. Developing a defense strategy based on your need to defend yourself can be a way to push back against allegations of a violent crime.

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