If you expect to come out a winner in your
DUI case, your lawyer must be able to express that he or she believes in you, not
only in the opening statement, but at every subsequent phase of the trial.
However, this calls for more than just words. Your lawyer cannot simply
inform the jury of his or her personal opinion of you and the evidence
in your case. He or she can, however, convey sincerity and a compassionate
interest in both you and your case through the use of body language, tone
of voice, eye contact, and facial expressions.
All experienced attorneys know that jurors start evaluating an attorney's
credibility at the first moment he or she stands to speak to them. This
is crucial because as the jurors evaluate your attorney's credibility,
so too will they examine your credibility and the credibility of your
witnesses and evidence. If the jurors believe that your attorney is less
than forthcoming or is even lying to them, then all things associated
with your case will be likewise tainted.
Thus, your Orange County criminal defense lawyer can gain and keep credibility
with the jury by first treating everybody with respect and by always acting
like a professional with the highest ethical standards. He or she should
also be humble and not appear arrogant. For instance, in the attorney's
opening statement, he or she can set up credibility with the jury by being
up-front and telling the jury both the strengths and the weaknesses of
your drunk driving case.
Jurors will likely appreciate this direct and honest approach, because
they do not appreciate ruthless attorneys with "anything to win"
attitudes. Therefore, your attorney should steer clear of taking personal
shots at the prosecutor, as they will only serve to make him or her look
petty and unprofessional. If the prosecutor is not a decent person or
appears to be the "bad guy," then your attorney should let the
prosecutor's behavior speak for itself. Smart jurors will reach their
own conclusions with respect to who is "good" and who is "bad"
in the case.
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