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Can I Be Charged With a Crime If I Was Forced Into Committing It?

What happens if you are forced into committing a crime? Can you really be blamed for your actions if someone else made you do something illegal? Unfortunately, the answer to both of those questions is yes. The state can still bring charges against you and threaten you with harsh penalties, including jail time and expensive fines. That is why you should have an experienced Ramapo criminal defense attorney on your side. A lawyer from our firm can help you find a defensive strategy and fight for the best possible outcome.

Can You Use the Duress Defense?

If you really were forced into committing a crime, you can attempt a duress defense. If you can show that you only committed a crime because someone else forced you into committing it or threatened you, then you may be able to mount a defense against these criminal charges.

What Evidence Do I Need to Show I Was Forced Into Committing a Crime?

You have to show a few things to successfully use a duress defense though. You must show that:

  • You had a reasonable fear of death or serious harm
  • You did not have an opportunity to escape this situation
  • You did not have a hand in causing this situation

The prosecution will try to poke holes in this defense of course. They might try to say that you did have an opportunity to get away from the person making threats and that you could have contacted the authorities. They could also say that your fear was not reasonable. This is why you should have a lawyer on your side who is prepared to help you defend yourself.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me If I Was Forced Into Committing a Crime?

Your lawyer can help you figure out the best way to defend yourself from these accusations. They can also gather any evidence needed to bolster your defense. A duress defense may not completely absolve you of any criminal acts that you committed, but if there is an opportunity to make a deal for a lesser sentence your attorney is also ready to negotiate on your behalf.

What Kinds of Cases Does Your Law Firm Have Experience With?

Our law firm has experience helping clients fight all sorts of criminal charges. We have handled cases involving:

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Endangering the welfare of a child

We can help you defend yourself from any criminal charges.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are facing any criminal charges, you need to take them seriously. You cannot just hope that they will be dropped because you were under duress or forced to commit a crime. Contact the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today and schedule your consultation. Our team can tell you more about what a seasoned attorney can do for you.

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