A Good Attorney Can Make All The Difference: 4 Creative Criminal Defenses
If you've been charged with a crime, your defense can mean the difference between being acquitted or being found guilty. The right criminal defense attorney will know how to form a defense that will help you during your trial. Sometimes, a creative defense is the key to an acquittal. Here are just a few of the most creative defenses ever attempted.
Junk Food Made Me Do It
In 1978, Dan White shot and killed San Francisco mayor, George Moscone. His attorney contended that depression caused Mr. White to begin consuming large quantities of junk food. Although, his attorney never actually blamed Twinkies for the murder, the defense would later be deemed the "Twinkie defense."
Rap Music Made Me Do It
When Tyler Hadley murdered his parents with a hammer, he threw a party when he was done. His defense was that rap music had made him do it. His parents bodies were still in the home while he had his friends in for the party.
Blame It On The PMS
In 1979, Sandie Craddock stabbed her co-worker to death. After her arrest, it was discovered that she had a long criminal record. A doctor studied her criminal history and discovered that her crimes were committed while she was suffering from PMS. She was granted probation on the condition that she receive medication. Whenever her dosage was lowered, Ms. Craddock returned to crime.
I Was Buying A Burrito
In 1988, Edward Vasquez was charged with the murder of a security guard in California. Mr. Vasquez claimed that he was in the vicinity of the shooting but that he was buying a burrito when the shooting took place. The suspect was wearing a white t-shirt, while Mr. Vasquez was wearing a green jacket. At the trial, his lawyer had him try on a jacket to prove it was his. When he tried on his jacket, he found a 2 year old burrito wrapped up, and in his pocket. He was acquitted of the charges.
If you've been charged with a crime, it's important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. A good defense can mean all the difference in the world when you're charged with a crime. Even if you think something is too small to matter, it's important that you provide your criminal attorney with as many details as possible. Your defense may depend on the burrito you were buying, or your medical condition at the time of the crime.