DUI Jury Trial Lawyer
WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CASE TO JURY TRIAL IF YOU HAVE A DUI PENDING IN LOS ANGELES?
This is an essential question regarding the driving under the influence (DUI) case pending in Los Angeles County because it will usually dictate how your attorney will handle your case. If the issue will go to a jury trial, the attorney does not have to discuss the case with the prosecutor and prepare the case and you for the trial.
If, on the other hand, the case is not going to trial, then different defense strategies can be employed to achieve the best result for you.
Your Los Angeles DUI attorney would have to discuss the case with the prosecutor and possibly judge to figure out what can be done to minimize the consequences of the case.
In the negotiation process, the attorney can bring things to the prosecutor's attention related to character letters, your job, your family, your lack of record and discuss the circumstances of your case that are favorable to you.
Reviewing Your Drunk Driving Case
When I speak to clients for the first time about their case, they are sometimes given misleading or straight out false information by other law firms' salespeople who answer the phone and mention defenses that have nothing to do with their factual scenario.
These salespeople are given scripts to follow and are not sophisticated enough to go off the script to deal directly with that particular person's situation.
Getting the road map from the beginning is crucial for adequately defending your case.
Concepts like “rising blood alcohol and calibration of the breath machine” can be used to defend you under the right circumstances. Still, only a seasoned, savvy DUI attorney should advise you and make predictions about how your case will go.
As your lawyer, we do everything we can to get your case dismissed or submit a plea bargain, but if for some reason your DUI case goes to trial, we can help you.
Jury Trial Process
Before the trial proceeds, there is a motion in a limited period when motions are brought up before the court to allow the judge to rule on specific evidence to admit during the trial.
During this process, our lawyers will investigate all the evidence presented against you and look for any inconsistencies, ambiguities, or weaknesses and draw up a motion to exclude such evidence.
After the motions in limine are resolved, a jury selection takes place. Jury selection is important because they are the ones deciding on your innocence or guilt.
As your DUI lawyer, we will question potential jurors to determine whether they will be fair and impartial.
DUI Trial and Opening Statement
When the trial begins, we will have an opening statement that will be powerful and convincing.
The prosecution will go first because they have the burden of proof. After that, we have the option as your defense attorney to present our opening statement immediately or wait until the prosecution is done with their case. We will make a wise judgment call. Either way, our opening word for you will be persuasive and favorable to you.
Next, the case is brought forward, first by the prosecution. Witnesses generally include the arresting officer and experts on blood alcohol content.
As your attorney, we cross-examine all the witnesses to expose any ambiguities or insufficiencies. After the prosecution has presented their case, we offer evidence to the jury; make motions to dismiss the case based on insufficient evidence, and go forward with our aggressive defense strategy.
Then the closing arguments are presented. This is our last chance to persuade the jury to find in favor of you. We point out any ambiguities or holes in the prosecution's case and place every effort to convince the jury in your turn.
The judge then instructs the jury, and the jury then deliberates, and to find you guilty, there must be no doubt.
The prosecution must have proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, the jury is “hung,” and your case is dismissed.
Our experienced legal team will do everything to get you the best possible results. We prepare for your trial in an efficient, persistent, and zealous manner.
We want to protect your rights, your freedom, and your reputation. If you face a driving under the influence charge and your DUI case will be trial, contact our law firm and set up a free face-to-face consultation.