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Defendant Meaning & Legal Definition

A defendant refers to an individual or business that is legally charged or sued. The defendant, in contrast to the plaintiff, is the party that is claimed to have made actions as to cause injury or harm to another person.

Two Types of Defendants

The potential consequences as a defendant depend on the type of legal charges. There are two types of defendants:

  • Criminal defendant: Criminal defendants are often charged with committing an illegal act. The prosecutor, who represents the state or the city, charges the defendant. The defendant involved in a criminal case faces the possibility of prison time, significant financial penalties, and a criminal record.
  • Civil defendant: Civil defendants are defending their actions after being sued in a business or personal situation. Civil defendants face monetary damages or legal orders to complete an action.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Defend You

Complimentary Consultation

Our attorneys can assist you with every step of your legal defense case. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our defense attorneys today. This initial meeting allows us to better understand the specific details of your case. We will also evaluate other important components of the defense case. Each case is unique, and the defense process can be complex.

Establishing Defendants’ Rights

You still have rights as a defendant. Our attorneys will evaluate the legal process and ensure that you have access to each of your rights. Defendants are subject to the following rights:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to call on witnesses
  • The right to receive legal representation
  • The right to a speedy trial
  • The right to a public trial
  • The right to a jury trial
  • The right to avoid double jeopardy

Collect Necessary Evidence to Prove Innocence

Our attorneys will work with expert witnesses to investigate each part of your defense case. We will evaluate the specific details of the case and mutually come up with a defense strategy to get you the best results. We will gather information such as witness credibility statements and alibis. 

Negotiate Your Consequences

Negotiations are an important part of the legal process. Our attorneys can negotiate with the prosecutor to avoid trial or jail time. Plea bargains are also a possibility, and they often involve a reduced sentence in return for a specific plea.

While we will collect all of the necessary evidence to prove your innocence, we will also work to reduce your sentencing if you are found guilty.

Set Up a Complimentary Consultation with a Defense Attorney

Defending yourself in court can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating. Our attorneys are prepared to provide you with the criminal or civil defense that you deserve. Call one of the attorneys of Newsome Melton at 888-808-5977.

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