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Understanding Causation in Criminal Law

Causation is the theory that a person's action has been caused by something else. In other words, someone committed an act or was provoked to do so. In most criminal cases, this is where the criminal defense lawyer focuses their efforts. This type of causation is a very common defense in court, so there are many instances in which this theory is invoked.

Causation

Every criminal offense involves what would be considered cause, whether it's manslaughter murder, or theft. As long as the act was caused by the other elements of the crime, it is generally considered to be the consequence of the act. This means that the criminal defense lawyer will argue that the defendant's actions were actually the result of a prior cause, and not the effect of the crime.

One good way to determine if your actions are the result of cause is to ask yourself "why?" This will help you answer that question without relying on causality. For example, if your door locks open without any assistance, then you may believe it was the result of something other than negligence or carelessness. However, if you have a lock that doesn't operate unless it is forced open, it is considered the result of negligence or carelessness.

A lawyer can also use the situation of simple things to show cause. For example, if a child opens a bottle that contains a poison that is meant for someone who is allergic to it, this may be cause enough to prosecute the perpetrator. It will depend on the individual, of course, but this type of crime is a great example of what to expect from a Charlotte criminal defense lawyer.

Causation is not the only way to prove the crime. There are other reasons why an act occurred, such as a larceny being committed because the victim didn't lock up the house or commit arson because someone was trying to steal a car.

A lawyer can also use the way the person acted to make a case for causation. For example, if you drink too much, and don't know how to drive, this is what the bar owners means when they say, "Caution: drunk driver on the road ahead." When someone acts in a certain way that is caused by some element of another crime, it becomes a defense that the criminal defense lawyer can use against the prosecution.

When the act is negligent or careless, then the criminal defense lawyer can raise the issue of cause. For example, if you leave a dog on a hot leash outside, with the temperature a hundred degrees above normal, it can become a cause of death. That's not necessarily a cause, but it may be a contributing factor.

Causation is one of the more common theories in criminal law, and many lawyers use it to make a strong case. If you think your actions have been the result of cause, then ask your criminal defense lawyer about it. You may have a strong case that could save your life.

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