affirmative defense | Definition

affirmative defense

An affirmative defense is a justification for the defendant having committed the accused crime, such as self-defense or duress.

The legal argument in an affirmative defense is essentially that while the defendant did, in fact, commit the criminal act, there was a good reason for doing so. Perhaps the most common example is self-defense.

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