When a person is charged with a crime, the prosecution has the burden of proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The role of the defense is to attempt to disprove or cause the jury to have doubts about the prosecution's version of events. There are many different defense strategies that a defendant's attorney may pursue in hopes of getting their client acquitted, convicted on lesser charges or working out a plea bargain.
The defense and prosecution can arrive at totally different conclusions based upon the same set of facts. Defendants often come up with one of three possible versions of events.
A defendant may confess to a crime. This may lead to a lesser sentence because they have accepted responsibility for what they have done.
Another defense strategy that a defendant may go with is to completely deny any participation in the alleged crime. A defendant generally offers an alibi for the time that the crime occurred if they go with this option.
The third common defense strategy is for a defendant to admit guilt to a crime, but for them to state that things didn't take place exactly as the prosecution claimed. For example, the defendant might admit to murdering the deceased but claim that it was done in self-defense.
Defense attorneys generally don't start trying to work with their clients to determine which strategy to go with until all the facts and charges have been laid out by prosecutors. Defense lawyers generally like to hear what prosecution witnesses have to say and assess their creditability before deciding which strategy to pursue. The defense will also want to ascertain whether the police read the defendant their Miranda rights before they were questioned and review discovery including police reports before deciding on a case strategy.
If a defendant is going to testify, then they must be properly prepared for both direct and cross-examination. Defense attorneys will generally question their clients to see how their version of events differs from what the prosecution contends has occurred.
Countless criminal cases here in Corpus Christi end in plea bargains. Others are completely dismissed. An attorney that is keen on protecting your rights in state and federal courts will be able to help you come up with a strategy that will give you the best chance of success in your Texas case.