Often you may hear of a criminal defendant getting his or her case dismissed, whether it be in “real life,” on the news, or in a television show or movie. You may wonder why it seems like some individuals accused of crimes “get off” when it seems like the odds are stacked against them while others, under seemingly similar circumstances, negotiate for a plea agreement that may include being incarcerated or go to a jury trial and ultimately get convicted. While there may be a variety of reasons for the differences in these hypothetical scenarios, one possible answer is the ...
Tag: key evidence
May 14, 2019CD
Most civil cases resolve before court; however, a small percentage go to trial. A first and good impression goes a long way toward building a rapport with the judge. A person who acts like court is a burden to attend and dresses casually--like going to the beach--makes less than a good impression. This blog addresses five key things to do and not to do in court and includes tips from recent observations in our recent trials. First, normal emotion is expected. However, scoffing at a witness, laughing, or interjecting sentences out of turn shows disrespect for the Court and the judicial process. ...
September 6, 2017CD
When a trial is held, whether, before a judge or a jury, it is the one time the parties get the opportunity to present their case. You must ensure that all of your evidence gets offered and hopefully admitted—you will likely never get a second chance to present it again. When preparing for trial, plan ahead of time and make an exhaustive list of all facts and documents and witnesses that support your case. Get these to your attorney to help him or her make the best case you can. The judge may refuse to allow certain evidence, but do not ...
August 29, 2017CD
In today’s world, key evidence needed in criminal and civil proceedings exists in the digital world and may be a composite of pictures, texts, and third-party statements. A key recent ruling of the Indiana Court of Appeals makes clear the Rules of Evidence and authentication of such as true cannot be objectionable to thwart justice. This blog post covers some of the key points of that case and the care that everyone should exercise using social media. The key point is if you do not want it used against you in any way, do not post it. In the M.T. case1, which ...
February 15, 2017Adam Hayes
Under Appellate Rule 9, a party generally has the right to appeal a final judgment to the Indiana Court of Appeals. This order is the one that decides the case. However, an appeal has some very key limitations that are easy to misunderstand and miss when deciding to appeal. This blog post covers three important such issues that generally cannot be waived on appeal. First, if key evidence is not introduced at trial (for whatever reason) it cannot be in some way supplemental for the appeal. The appeal is limited to the testimony and exhibits admitted at trial. In criminal cases, ...
December 14, 2016Adam Hayes