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We can provide criminal defense for any crime, however, main defenses are discussed below.

In the field of criminal law, there are a variety of conditions that will tend to negate elements of a crime (particularly the intentelement), known as defenses. The label may be apt in jurisdictions where the accused may be assigned some burden before a tribunal.

However, in many jurisdictions, the entire burden to prove a crime is on the prosecution, which also must prove the absence of these defenses, where implicated. In other words, in many jurisdictions the absence of these so-called defenses is treated as an element of the crime. So-called defenses may provide partial or total refuge from punishment.

Types of defenses

  • Mental Disorder (Insanity)

  • Automatism.

  • Intoxication.

  • Mistake Of Fact.

  • Necessity/Lesser harm.

  • Lawful Capacity of Office.

  • Self defense.

  • Duress.

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Throughout a career in criminal defense work, one learns firsthand that good people can sometimes make bad mistakes and that individuals are often falsely accused of wrongdoing. These errors do not mean, however, that an individual should spend the rest of their life paying for them.

If you have been accused or charged with an illegal offense in Virginia, it is highly recommended that you gain legal representation. Penalties for criminal convictions can range from large fines and probation, to lengthy prison terms. It is important that you have reliable legal counsel and stay informed during the court process by a trusted professional. Take the first step in your defense today and call Jensen Justice.

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