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.
Entrapment acts as a defense to criminal charges. A typical entrapment scenario arises when police officers use coercion and other overbearing tactics to induce someone to commit crime. Read on to learn more about entrapment, including case examples and standards used to evaluate an entrapment claim. (For in-depth discussion of other common defense strategies, check out Nolo's article Defenses to Criminal Charges.)