Defense of Others
UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS IT LEGAL/JUSTIFIED TO DEFEND ANOTHER PERSON?
Defense of others is a criminal defense concept that comes up all the time in courthouses through out Los Angeles. A successful defense will typically always center around reasonableness. In other words, did the person who used force to defend another act reasonably under the circumstances. This is judged by an objective standard and a jury will be told to evaluated the accused’s conduct based on whether a reasonable person viewing the situation would conclude the defendant acted reasonably or not. This is not always an easy question to answer, because sometimes it is not clear whether a person acted reasonable. A skilled criminal defense attorney usually sits in the best position to evaluated the facts of a given case and determine what evidence will be necessary to win the case.
Having tried many jury trials over the course of the past 25 years, I believe I have a good feel for what a jury will likely do in a given case and what the crucial issues are and how they will turn one way or another. In my opinion, it is critical to the defense of your case, that you have the right game plan from the beginning based on the facts and circumstances surrounding your particular case. For persons not experienced in dealing with such issues, it is not always easy to make the right decisions and to know which course to head down. I offer a free face to face consultation to decide those exact issues within the attorney client privilege. This gives us the opportunity to speak freely and to really get down to the “nitty gritty” of whether you have a defense or not.
I make sure that I do not give people a false sense of security when it comes to a criminal case. The best criminal defense attorneys tell the truth no matter what and let the client decide how they want to deal with their case, once they have all of the facts. Since the client must suffer any bad consequences related to a case, it is always the best policy to give them the straight forward information and let them decide what risks they take and what risks are not worth taking.
If a seasoned criminal defense attorney has all of the facts at their disposal, and then advises the client on what their options are, they have done their job. I am always will to take it a step further and tell the client what I believe there best options are under the circumstances they find themselves faced with. In my opinion, giving the options in a straight forward no nonsense manner is always the best approach. I believe that one of my best traits as a criminal defense attorney is being able to read a situation and tell the client the untainted true about their chances of success and their best course of action based on available information. This give the client the best chance of success and the least chance of a mistake being made that will cost them.