When you committed a crime, you really didn't think through the repercussions. At the time, you just wanted to avoid getting hurt. Today, you face charges for a situation you couldn't avoid.
The thing you should worry about most is obtaining a good defense for your case. A good defense can mean the difference between a jail sentence and walking out of the courthouse a free man or woman.
Why does a good defense matter?
Think back to when you were a child. Did you ever see someone do something wrong? Did they then turn around and say you did it? If you had no way to protect yourself against their claims, you might end up getting in trouble. However, if you could answer that you saw another person do something wrong or that you have proof that you couldn't have done it, then you'd be able to walk away without punishment.
The same is true in court. A good defense creates a kind of protective barrier around you. It creates reasonable doubt among the jury and judge, and it helps you show why you couldn't have participated in an act or why you had to in order to protect yourself. A good defense is there to paint you in the best possible light, so you, appear to be a victim of your circumstances.
What makes a defense good?
It should show you in a good light. It should be reasonable and understandable. Most importantly, it should make others put themselves in your position and believe that they would have done the same thing as you. This is the best way to have a compassionate jury instead of one that revels in your conviction. Creating a feeling that there is a reasonable doubt that you didn't commit a crime is a goal of any good defense attorney.