If someone in jail was charged with murder and person says it was in self defense how does that person has the charges dropped?

Asked over 2 years ago - Indianapolis, IN

he was currently appointed a public defender and are we are not able to talk to him for the order of no contact we found out about yesterday at the 1st court date. we are looking for attorneys that offer financial assistance and not sure what to look for in a attorney. will the public defender give information & talk to the people listed on the no contact list as well?

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  1. Joshua Sabert Lowther

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    Answered . The public defender may communicate with persons on the "no contact" list.

    Joshua Sabert Lowther, Esq.
    NATIONAL FEDERAL DEFENSE GROUP
    jlowther@nationalfederaldefense.com
    http://www.NationalFederalDefense.com
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  2. Mitchell Scott Sexner

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    Answered . The public defender will talk to his client, and any other persons the client gives him permission to talk to.

    Sincerely,

    Attorney Mitchell S. Sexner
    Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC /o
    Defending your rights since 1990
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  3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr

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    Answered . Post is a bit confusing.
    As to the headline question, the mere assertion of self defense by the defendant does not result in charges beng dismissed. That is an affirmitive defense requiring proof. Probably requires a trial.
    NO contact order?? Never heard of such a thing applied to an attorney.
    I would expect that the "someoe's" attorney would speak with whomever he or she thought necessary to properly investigate the case.

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  4. Jessica L. Burke

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    Answered . What you are referring to in your headline question is called an affirmative defense. An affirmative defense is used by a defendant when he or she does not deny committing the alleged act, but believes that there was a legitimate, legal reason that he or she committed the act (for example by acting in self-defense). Affirmative defenses are required to be plead differently in different states and the defendant's public defender will be the best source of information of precisely how such a defense will work in the defendant's case.

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