You've probably heard of many defenses to criminal prosecution, but do you know exactly what they mean? Here you'll learn about ways defendants can escape conviction, from alibi to entrapment to self-defense.
To convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove the guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Of course, the defendant gets an opportunity to present a defense. There are many defenses, from "I didn't do it" to "I did it, but it was self-defense” and beyond. Read more about some common defenses below.