If you’ve been accused of being involved in a robbery, your life and liberty could be at risk. Fortunately, there are defenses you can use to protect yourself. For instance, you can claim that you’re innocent of the crime, or you can show that you did commit the crime but were intoxicated.
For cases involving innocence claims, it’s up to the prosecution to prove that you were committing the crime. The prosecution has to show that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt; if there is any doubt at all that you were the person involved, you should not be found guilty.
Intoxication would seem like a defense that would hurt you, but in fact, it can be a good one to use. In cases where you were involuntarily intoxicated, you can use this fact to help defend yourself. If you did not know someone had drugged you, for example, you could prove that by showing blood work along with videos from a club you were at or witness testimonies from those who saw you get drugged.
Entrapment can be another positive defense option in the case that the police set you up to get caught committing a crime. It can be hard to show that entrapment took place, but if an officer sets up a situation that would encourage people who would otherwise not steal to do so, then that could be entrapment. Your attorney can help you decide on which of these defenses or others might be best for your case and will have more information about the possible penalties you could be facing if convicted.
Source: FindLaw, “Robbery Defenses,” accessed Nov. 17, 2016