Being charged with a misdemeanor or felony can have serious consequences. A conviction typically results in substantial fees and jail time. If you have been accused of a criminal offense, you should contact Orange County jury trial lawyer, Scott D. Henry. Many attorneys avoid taking a case to trial at all costs. Prosecutors know who these attorneys are and are less likely to give fair deals to the clients of those legal professionals. Mr. Henry and his team prepare every case they handle as if it is going to trial. District attorneys know that we are willing and able to go to trial for our clients. They are much more likely to negotiate with us and offer fair deals to our clients.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you have the right to a jury trial. Our criminal defense attorneys could work hard to ensure that your trial is carried out properly. Over our years in criminal defense, we have built strong relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Additionally, we have extensive knowledge of how cases are investigated and prosecuted in the area. With our experience on your side, you could receive a fair trial and have the best chance of a positive outcome.
The first step in the pre-trial process is the arraignment. During an arraignment, the defendant goes before the court to face the charges brought against them. During the arraignment, the defendant usually enters a plea of guilty or not guilty.
After the arraignment, there are usually a few appearances in court called pre-trial hearings. The hearings allow for the prosecution and defense to negotiate. If the prosecution and defense can’t reach an agreement during the pre-trial hearings, then the case will go to trial.
When a case goes to a jury trial, the prosecution must convince all 12 members of the jury that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A conviction holds serious consequences, including possible jail time. An experienced local attorney could help someone through this process before their jury trial.
A jury trial begins with the jury selection process. The State of California randomly selects a pool of jurors as possible members of the jury. The prosecution and defense examine each juror to see if they would be a good fit. Once the prosecution and defense are both satisfied with the remaining jurors, the trial proceeds.
At the beginning of the trial, the prosecution and defense present their opening statements to the jury. After the opening statements, the prosecution begins by presenting its side of the case. This includes evidence and any witnesses who support the prosecution’s case. The defense is then able to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses to refute their version of events. After the cross-examination, it is the defense’s turn to present any witnesses or evidence it has that supports their case. The prosecution then has an opportunity to cross-examine the defense’s witnesses. Lastly, the prosecution and defense present their closing statements.
After both sides present their closing statements, the jury begins their deliberations. They review both sides’ evidence and witness statements and determine whether or not the defendant is guilty of the crime(s.) If the jury unanimously agrees the defendant is guilty, then a guilty verdict is reached. If one or more jurors believe the defendant is not guilty, a not guilty verdict is reached.
The defendant is acquitted if a not guilty verdict is delivered. If a guilty verdict is delivered, the defendant is convicted of the crime. The court then moves to sentence the individual at a sentencing hearing. The prosecution and defense both suggest a sentence they feel is appropriate for the defendant. After consideration, the judge sentences the defendant. Because the jury trial process can be confusing, it is important to have an Orange County defense lawyer by your side throughout your case.
Orange County jury trial lawyer, Scott D. Henry and his team fight to protect our client’s rights, dignity, and freedom. Our firm has a proven track record of success in handling cases with all levels of severity. We litigate cases involving:
Our firm is highly-respected by law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges because we have earned the reputation for doing what is in the best interest of our clients. Unlike many attorneys, we don’t avoid taking a case to trial. Our team has the experience, knowledge, and compassion to help you fight for your rights. If you have been charged in a criminal matter, you deserve the skilled legal representation. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.