Fighting For A Reduced Criminal Sentence

To Build A Successful Alibi, Try To Include These Elements

Regardless of the crime with which you've been charged, you should hurriedly hire a defense attorney to fight for you. With the right attorney, it's often possible to get your charge reduced or even dropped, but you'll need to contribute by sharing with information you know. A central element of building a defense is to craft a successful alibi. It's not enough to simply state that you didn't break the law in question because you weren't present. To be convincing in court, here are some elements that your alibi should include.

Credible Witnesses

Witnesses can be critical to building an alibi, but only if they're credible. Think about where you were when the crime was said to have taken place, and assess who was with you. For example, if you were at work, you should be able to have a number of credible individuals — namely, your boss and some coworkers — act as witnesses on your behalf. They can write statements that report your whereabouts at the time in question, as well as appear in court to corroborate your claims that you weren't around the area in which the crime took place.

Electronic Evidence

In today's digital age, electronic evidence can be another pivotal element of crafting a believable alibi. There are many different ways that you can use electronic evidence to your advantage to prove that you weren't around the crime scene. For example, you can show that you "checked in" to a different location via social media around the reported time of the incident. Or if you happened to be taking photos on your smartphone around this same time, they may be useful. Photos contain a date/time stamp, so if you can show yourself in a photo in a location far away from the crime scene, this will bolster your alibi.

Relevant Paperwork

Paperwork can often help you to build a strong alibi. Receipts, in particular, can be instrumental in this type of defense. For example, if you were shopping somewhere at the time of the incident and you still have your sales receipt, present them to your criminal defense lawyer. He or she will argue that if you were buying groceries 25 miles from the crime scene just 10 minutes before the incident was reported, there's no way that you could have been there. The attorney will then push for the charge against you to be dropped due to a lack of sufficient evidence.