When it comes to building a defense after you've been charged with burglary, there are many different strategies that you can consider. Of course, you and your criminal defense attorney will want to evaluate the evidence against you, and it can be instrumental in helping you to choose what type of defense you'll argue. Don't discount the value of a simple defense — arguing that this was a case of mistaken identity. In other words, you were arrested and charged but you weren't remotely involved in the alleged burglary. Here are some details that can help you to build this defense.
Physical Description Inaccuracies
Your defense attorney will obtain a copy of the police report for the burglary and will take note of how any witnesses may have described the perpetrator. For example, a neighbor might have provided a statement to police that he or she "saw someone about 5'8" and 160 pounds climbing out of the victim's house and running down the street. If your measurements are significantly different than what a witness is reporting, this can be a strong point of your case. For example, if you're 6'2" and 200 pounds, it's unlikely that a witness — even in the dark — could confuse you for someone six inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter.
Lack Of Evidence From The Scene
It can be difficult to successfully defend a burglary charge if there is evidence that connects you to the scene — for example, blood on a broken window can be tested for DNA, while it's also difficult to explain why you might have stolen items from the victim's house in your possession. However, it's possible that these forms of evidence aren't present, and that can mean that you and your attorney may be able to successfully argue that there's nothing that can physically link you to the scene.
A Strong Alibi
When you're building a burglary defense around mistaken identity, another valuable step to take is to establish an alibi. You're already arguing that there's no way that you could've been the culprit, but having someone else support this claim will be instrumental. Your attorney will check the police report to determine the estimated time of the burglary. You can then work on establishing an alibi. For example, if you were at a restaurant with a friend, and have a receipt to prove it, you can argue that you weren't anywhere near the crime scene.
To learn more about criminal defense law, contact a lawyer in your area.
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