Testifying In Your Own Criminal Trial

When you have been charged with a crime, it is natural to want to clear your name. People often feel they need to speak out and denounce the charges. In Oklahoma criminal trials, that is not exactly a good idea. People, especially jurors, are very good at taking things out of context. Even if that is your own testimony. When you are involved in a criminal case that has gone to trial, it is often best that you don’t say anything. Testifying in your own criminal trial takes the juries focus away from the facts of the case. You want them to stay on making sure the evidence presented is relevant and whether or not it proves you did anything wrong. Don’t forget that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That means that you do not need to prove your innocence, instead it is the State’s job to prove you guilty.

The Right To Remain Silent

It is best to let your lawyer represent you and the let the jury focus on the facts. Not because you did anything wrong, but because anything you say can be misconstrued. Most people are often nervous in court rooms and this comes across very obviously on witness stands. The prosecutors will ask you questions as well and they are skilled at confusing defendants. Juries are typically already biased in cases by human nature. So you do not want to do anything to jeopardize your defense.

The Pro’s To Taking The Stand

If there are muddy details surrounding an event, you may be able to clear those up. This also presents you an opportunity to win a jury over. If you have a strong alibi and the witnesses against you are unreliable, you may be able to give yourself some credibility.

Expungement After The Case

At Bury Your Past, we have helped thousands of people obtain expungements after being charged with cases. You should always consult with your attorney about getting your criminal history removed. Contact us today to get more information.