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.
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.
You have to show a few things to successfully use a duress defense though. You must show that:
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.
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.
Our law firm has experience helping clients fight all sorts of criminal charges. We have handled cases involving:
We can help you defend yourself from any criminal charges.
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.