Want to Testify in Your Defense? Here’s What You Should Know (Part 1)

February 9, 2014


If you are wondering whether to testify in your defense, one of the first things to consider is whether you will have time to prepare with your lawyer.

If you are wondering whether to testify in your defense, one of the first things to consider is whether you will have time to prepare with your lawyer.

You have the right to testify in your own defense if you are facing criminal charges However, whether or not taking the witness stand in your own defense is a smart idea – namely, whether testifying will help your case – will depend on a number of factors, and defendants should carefully consider all of these factors before testifying to ensure that they don’t inadvertently hobble their own defense case.

Here and in upcoming second and third parts of this blog, we will discuss some of the most important considerations that defendants need to know as they are making the decision regarding whether to take the witness stand during their criminal trial.

  1. Being able to prep with your lawyer is vital – If you are eager to tell your side of the story and take the stand during your trial, it will be crucial that you make time to prepare for this testimony with your lawyer. Speaking in your defense in a formal court of law is unlike anything that you likely experienced in the past, and your every word can make a significant difference in the minds of the jurors.By working with your defense lawyer to practice your testimony, you can reduce the chances that you will say something you don’t mean to say and, in turn, can give yourself the best chance of putting your best foot forward as you testify in court.

Check out our upcoming second and third parts of this blog for the rest of the issues that need to be considered when defendants are deciding whether they should take the witness stand in their defense during a criminal trial.

Denver and Boulder Metro Area Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Griffin Law Firm

Facing any type of criminal charges can be both scary and stressful, as a conviction could cost you your reputation, your career, your family and even your freedom. If you or your loved one has been arrested for and/or formally charged with any crime, Christopher Griffin wants you to know that he is ready to immediately start providing you with the strongest possible defense against police and prosecutors – both outside and inside of the courtroom.

Regardless of whether you are facing criminal charges for the first time, have prior convictions and/or were on probation or parole at the time of the alleged crime, Christopher Griffin and all of the legal professionals at the Griffin Law Firm will work relentlessly to help you obtain the best possible outcome to your case. In fact, our steadfast dedication to the notion that the accused are innocent until proven guilty means that we will do everything in our power to help you resolve your case in the most favorable and efficient manner possible.

To receive a complete evaluation of your case, along with professional advice regarding your best options, contact us by calling 303-280-1070 or by emailing us using the form at the top of this page.

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