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This is like a he-said, she-said kind of thing, so it depends; each party has their own side of the story that they told the police or in court on the stand; if there were a lot of inconsistencies and the client took a stand and alleged self-defense, it will be a he-said, she-said sort of thing that will come down to credibility regarding whether or not their version of events more or less matched what the evidence showed, and it won’t not be very difficult to prove; the person just has to take the stand and assert it and be sure it’s believable, even after they allow the prosecutor to cross-examine them.
It could help, although video can often be hard to get from some places, because they tend to not want to give it to us, although they will gladly give it to police officers. This is something we can usually track down, although it’s better if there were eyewitnesses who may have seen the incident and can be interviewed and be made to come to court; eyewitnesses typically make things easier because the attorney has the power to subpoena them and have them come to court as a physical person, whereas video can sometimes be destroyed and getting video can sometimes be a bit difficult.
These can only be a defense if it can negate the mental element of the person knowingly causing or knowingly doing whatever they did. If the person did something knowingly, it can’t be used a defense. It may affect things to a certain extent and it may mitigate the person’s sentence so they can get classes and get back on track.
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