What does a Defendant do?
Is the one that is being sued for a reason.
The defendant files an Answer to the Complaint. In the Answer, defendant responds to each allegation of the complaint, one by one, stating whether the defendant admits, denies or leaves plaintiff to his proofs as to each individual allegation. Also, a defendant might file a counter-claim, if defendant has an affirmative claim against plaintiff. A defendant might also file a cross-claim if defendant believes that some other person is responsible for plaintiff's damages.
A defendant is punished after the jury has listened to the evidence during a trial, and decides whether or not the defendant is guilty. Added: After the jury delivers its decision the defendant will be sentenced by the judge according to the applicable law - then - the defendant's "punishment" will commence.