Vatterott OKC Paralegal Studies

We don't teach you what to think. We teach you HOW to think.

Affirmative Defenses

Commonly referred to as the “Yes, but…” defense.  The defendant claims that circumstances justify or excuse the behavior.

Allegation: Defendant shot the plaintiff.

Affirmative defense: Yes, but the plaintiff had attacked the defendant.  Yes, but that was because the defendant was in fear for life.

The burden of production:

  • Introducing the defense
  • Introducing credible evidence.



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