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How Does Going To Trial Affect The Overall Cost Of The Case?


If your case goes to trial, you are looking at two different types of fees depending on what type of trial you choose. A trial by judge is going to be considerably cheaper than if we do a trial by a jury, because it takes a whole lot longer to pick a jury, or because every time there’s an objection, we have to walk up to the judge, and if the jury cannot hear it, for the judge to make some sort of decision.

Then you have jury instructions at the tail end of the case, which would make it take substantially longer. The case itself is identical. The evidence presented, including witnesses and video, is identical. It’s just that for a jury to hear a case takes substantially longer than for a judge and because of that, there is a larger cost. However, I have never been in a situation where a client said that they were going to accept a plea offer because they couldn’t afford a trial. If it came down to that, then I would figure out the financial portion for my client.

A lot of times though on the flipside, I recommend that we do a trial but my client decides to take the plea offer. In that situation, money is not the consideration. My client has other reasons why they are making that decision.

How Does Your Reputation, Style And Experience Impact A DUI Trial?

First of all, I would say that because I have been doing this for long time, clients know I am a straight shooter, and that I am not going to make up information. This makes clients feel very comfortable with me. Because I’ve been doing this for many years, the prosecution knows that if a case needs to go to trial, I will take the case to trial. I’ve been doing trials for many years, and I have done many different types of cases, both in front of judges and in front of juries. As a result of that, that I get very good offers from the prosecutors. They know I’m a straight shooter, they know I’ll take the case to trial. They know that I have the expertise and experience to where I can fairly and appropriately take a look at a case and figure out what it’s worth, figure out how good or how bad the case is.

Because of that, I am very effective in terms of my overall representation to my clients. If you have a good solid reputation, that is usually a recipe for a very good ending for your client. I am not talking about the most severe cases, where there are victims who have been severely hurt. With those cases, it doesn’t matter who you are. In those cases, the prosecutor has no choice but to offer a very stiff plea deal, including years in prison. on the other hand, they recognize that most likely you’re not going to take that deal, and you have no choice but to go to trial.

But those cases are few compared to the overall number of cases that I deal with, and my reputation certainly helps me negotiate with the prosecution to get my client the objective that we’re looking for.

What Are The Important Things That People Should Know When Deciding To Go To Trial Or Not?

The first thing you want to look at when deciding whether to go to trial is basically offer a fair offer from the prosecution, taking into consideration the facts of the case and the client’s prior criminal background. If it’s a fair offer, and the prosecution most likely can prove the case, then you accept the offer. If it’s not a fair offer, even if the prosecution can prove the case most of the time, then you’re going to trial because you can go to trial and lose and end up with an unfair result. If the prosecutor was going to offer that unfair result to you before the trial, you fall into that category of what do you really have to lose by going to trial?

I would say that that’s the facts of the case, and your criminal background, will determine the offer that the prosecution makes. If it’s fair based on all of that stuff, you have to strongly consider taking it. If not, you go to trial.

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