Concluding the two-part blog 5 Things to Know about Taking the Stand in Your Defense, below are some final factors that people accused of crimes should think about as they make the important decision whether or not to take the stand and testify in their own defense. If you would like some more specific professional legal advice regarding your situation, contact the experienced Littleton criminal defense lawyers at Knight and Moses.
When making the critical choice whether you will testify in your defense, some additional things you will need to think about include whether:
- You will be “likeable” or “believable” to the jury – The general impression you give off, namely whether you tend to seem credible and likeable, is an important factor to consider when deciding whether you will testify in your defense. The fact is that jurors may be less likely to give an accused individual some leeway if that defendant seems insincere, abrasive and otherwise unlikeable.
Therefore, if you are unlikely to make a favorable impression on the jurors because you may have a somewhat difficult personality, this should be considered before you take the stand and potentially rub the jurors the wrong way.
- You may be giving the prosecutor the chance to introduce new evidence against you – Taking the stand in your defense can give your attorney, as well as the prosecutor, the chance to introduce new evidence to the jurors. If this will work against you (because, for instance, prosecutors will now have the chance to talk about your criminal record), then you may want to reconsider taking the stand in your defense.
- You want to tell your story to the jury – The bottom line is that it is ultimately the accused person’s decision whether or not to take the stand in his own defense. If a defendant really wants the opportunity to tell his story to the jurors, then he has the absolute right to testify in his defense and explain his version of the events to the court.
Littleton, Colorado Criminal Defense Attorneys at Knight and Moses
If you or a loved one has been charged with any crime, it will be critical that you have an experienced defense lawyer on your side in order to ensure the best possible outcome to your case. The skilled Littleton criminal defense lawyers at Knight and Moses focus exclusively on state and federal criminal defense, and we specialize in both misdemeanor and felony cases. We strive to obtain the best possible resolution for our clients’ criminal cases using innovative as well as time-tested strategies.
Our dedication to our clients, as well as our extensive legal knowledge and experience, allow us to consistently build our clients the strongest possible defense so they can resolve their cases as favorably and efficiently as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive professional advice regarding your case, email us using the form on the upper right-hand side of the screen or call us at (303) 797-1645.
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