Continuing from Criminal Defense Strategies: Should I Testify in My Own Defense? (Part 1), the following provides some additional factors to consider if you are trying to decide whether it’s a good idea to testify on your own behalf during a trial. While Part 1 of this blog concentrated on considerations like the prosecutor’s and your own experience in the courtroom, here in Part 2, we will discuss how the following should factor into your decision to (or not to) testify during trial:
- Additional evidence that may be brought to light: When you go on the stand to testify on your own behalf, you can open the door for both the prosecutor and your own lawyer to introduce new evidence to the jurors that they would otherwise not be privy to. For example, while a prosecutor may introduce your criminal record (if you have one) as new evidence if you take the stand, your lawyer may be able to introduce other new evidence that bolsters your defense if you choose the testify. The key here is to consider what additional evidence may be brought before the court if you choose to testify and whether that evidence will help or hurt your defense case.
- Your lawyer’s advice: As you work on building your defense with your lawyer, be sure to ask him or her what (s)he advises in terms of whether or not you should testify. Often, your lawyer has taken everything into consideration, and because (s)he is dedicated to helping you build a formidable defense, will advise you on what will be best for your defense. Although you are not obligated to follow your lawyer’s advice and can ultimately choose to do what you want when it comes to testifying in court, keep in mind that your defense lawyer has more experience than you do in the courtroom and is looking out for your best interests.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
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