A trial lawyer is a storyteller and every story is divided into three acts. The real grunt work in any trial is in the second act and that is where experts come in. The expert is usually called during the second act to foreshadow essential facts in the all important closing argument. You can call an expert on any subject. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the experts on opposite sides cancel each other out. Sometimes there is that white-flag phone call from the prosecutor, "I won't call my expert to the stand if you don't call yours. Neither of them say much."Read more
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You have the right to an attorney. If you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you.”Read more
Being accused of a crime could mean anything from a fine for speeding to years behind bars. From one end of the telescope, you can look forward through hearings, continuances, and maybe even trial – then sentencing, and if worst comes to worst, serving a sentence. But at that first moment of a criminal case, there’s one question that almost every person accused of a crime has and that can capture the mind in one of the most difficult moments of your life. Strangely, it’s the same question that people ask all the time - practically every time we have to deal with the government:
How long is this going to take?Read more
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