When Should the Defendant take the Stand in a Criminal Trial?

It is not always an easy decision to make on whether or not the defendant should take the stand in a criminal trial.  First, who makes the decision?  Well, ultimately the defendant decides since it is his trial, but in my experience they almost always do what their attorney suggests since they have the necessary […]

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Why O.J. Simpson Didn’t Help Himself at his Parole Hearing

O.J. Simpson was recently granted parole and will be released from prison on October 1st, 2017 after serving nine years of incarceration for armed robbery.  Simpson had by all accounts been a model prisoner — he had no negative incidents and he helped out fellow prisoners.  This was the main reason that the parole board […]

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What is a Motion for Directed Verdict in a Criminal Trial?

A Motion for a Directed Verdict (“Motion”) is asking the court (i.e., the judge) to issue a Directed Verdict in favor of the defense This motion is made before a case is submitted to the jury, and argues that no reasonable jury could find for the opposing party (i.e., whatever evidence exists for such ruling is […]

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What is Fair in Kamala Harris Cross Examination Controversy?

As I watched some of the recent Senate Hearings, a Senator from California and a former District Attorney and Democrat, Kamala Harris, caused some controversy twice.  Depending on your viewpoint, she either was rudely interrupted by white male colleagues (her mother is Tamil Indian and her father is Jamican-American) or she rudely interrupted the person […]

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Your Criminal Trial is Where the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Shine

Learn How To Tell If Your Criminal Defense Attorney Is Doing A Great Job So, you’ve had your final Pretrial Conference and was given a trial date, now what?  Well, after all the motions (if any) are heard, your trial will begin.  If you have chosen a waiver or judge trial, opening arguments are almost […]

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What happens at your Final Pre-trial Conference?

The most important thing that happens at your final pre-trial conference is that you are given your trial date if one was not chosen earlier In Philadelphia, a judge or waive trial is usually only one or two months from that date, however, a jury trial can be three to twelve months away depending on […]

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Why Should I Waive My Right to a Jury?

Learn The Pro’s & Con’s Of Waiving Jury Rights If you decide that you are not going to plead guilty, then you now have two choices left:  1. a jury trial and 2. a waiver of judge trial.  What’s the difference?  Well in both trials, the judge would make all legal rulings (such as a […]

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It Always Helps to Have the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Pre-trial Conference

Learn More About The Necessity of Having Your Lawyer at Your Pre-Trial Conference So, what happens after your Preliminary Hearing and before your trial?  In Philadelphia, for example, you are given an arraignment exactly three (3) weeks afterwards.  Not much happens there except that you are given your Pre-trial court date in a “Smart Room”, […]

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What Will I Need for My Preliminary Hearing?

While not as important as your Trial, your Preliminary Hearing is still very important.  So, what happens at a Preliminary Hearing?  Essentially, a Judge (or in some communities, a District Justice) has to determine if the charges that have been filed against you should go forward to the trial stage.  This is done after the […]

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You Might Need the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Bail Hearing

Learn More About What Happens At Bail Hearings From A Lawyer Or maybe not — it depends on the seriousness of the charges.  So, what exactly happens when a person gets arrested and has a bail hearing?  After a person is picked up after being charged with a crime (in Philadelphia County), they are either […]

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