How to Write a Letter to Defend Myself in Court

By Cameron Burry
Letters allow individuals to construct their thoughts beforehand and give them a chance to think over their case on paper.

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Trying to defend yourself in court can be a difficult task if you do not know exactly how to do it. One of the best ways to defend yourself so that you can think about it beforehand in an organized way is to write a letter to read or be read in court. Doing this can ensure that all of your thoughts are constructed in the best and most legible way for the court to understand. Writing one of these letters is relatively simple.

Write a strong beginning statement. The first line will set the tone for the rest of the letter, so it will need to sound confident, professional, and ready to defend yourself. It is good to let the opposition know that you are not afraid of the charges against you and let them know that you have done your homework. The beginning statement must be strong so that everyone in the court knows that you are prepared for anything.

Word the middle segment strongly and with researched information. Do not just ramble about how you are innocent and wrongly accused. It should be well-structured and to the point. Do not make it too long to bore the courtroom, but not short enough so that it is easy to forget and easy to misquote. Make it quick, but thorough and to the point. Mark it with several intelligent legal statements that show the court you have done your homework and are taking it seriously.

End the letter strongly as well. The last sentence is often the only one that the majority of the people listening will remember. This being the case, try and summarize your entire letter in a sentence or two. The last thought should be stating that you are offended by the charges or you only want proper justice to be done. It needs to be something that tells the court that you are innocent and are on the side of actual justice.

About the Author

Cameron Burry has been writing professionally since 2006. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland College for English and writing, and holds two degrees from Murray State University: one in creative writing and one in English literature.

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