Not many things can be unsettling like being accused of committing a crime when you’re innocent. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. If you are falsely charged with a crime, do not sit back and do nothing. Your actions (or inaction) following an indictment can mean the difference between clearing your name and paying the price for a crime you did not commit.
One of the defense options you can consider when charged with a crime is establishing an alibi. Basically, this is a defense based on the fact that you were not at the scene when the said crime happened and, thus, could not be the perpetrator.
What’s an alibi?
Alibis can be an effective defense when charged with crimes like burglary, rape or even violent robbery. However, simply claiming that you were somewhere else when the crime in question happened may not be sufficient. To be effective, your alibi must place you at a different location from the scene of the crime. Here are some examples of how that can be proven:
A time-stamped CCTV footage that places you at a different location from the scene of a crime can be all you need to clear your name during the trial or from the list of suspects.
If you were at work, at a restaurant or any other establishment, your defense may request the surveillance footage that shows you on their premises.
Do you have a witness that can corroborate your account? Do you have several? If you were with other people at a certain point, it may be possible to show that you couldn’t have been at the scene of the crime.
The decision to use an alibi in your defense basically depends on the circumstances of your case. That being said, knowing your legal options when charged with a crime is crucial for effective defense.