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What is the difference between a defense and mitigation in a criminal case?
What is the difference between a defense and mitigation in a criminal case?

If you’re charged with a crime, especially anything serious, it’s important for you to understand the difference between a defense and mitigation. Success in your case is dependent on you and your legal team understanding the meaning of each, and how to best utilize them. A ...

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