Defenses: Special Defenses & Other Defenses
Descriptions of two different types of defenses: special defenses & other defenses:
A Special Defense is the military’s equivalent to an affirmative defense. It is a justification for the accused having committed the crime. It differs from other defenses because the defendant admits that he or she did, in fact, break the law. The accused asserts that he had a good reason for having done so, and therefore should be excused from all criminal liability.