Definition - What does Defense mean?

A defense is an attempt by a defendant and their legal team to disprove or discredit the charges made against them in a court of law. In other words, it is an attempt by a defendant to prove their innocence in a trial.

Certain lawyers, called defense attorneys or criminal attorneys, help defendants create and argue defenses.

Justipedia explains Defense

A defense is an argument that is made on behalf of the defendant in a trial. Defendants use defenses to try to prevent the court from finding them guilty in either a criminal or civil court.

Typically, attorneys argue defenses on behalf of defendants. Defendants use defense attorneys to help them due to the latter's extensive knowledge of the law and of legal proceedings.

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