If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, then the prosecution has witnesses lined up to testify against you. Some of these witnesses might even be people that you trusted at one point in time, while others could have an axe to grind. Either way, you need to know how these witnesses are going to testify and figure out what you can do to discredit what they have to say. One way to do that is to aggressively and effectively use depositions.
How can a deposition help your criminal defense?
Through the deposition process, you take sworn testimony from witnesses outside of court and prior to trial. Although this process can feel more informal than trial itself, it’s a formal process that has many advantages. This includes:
- Locking witnesses into an account of events.
- Informing you of what the witness knows so that you can dig deeper into their assertions.
- Highlighting inconsistent statements that the witness has made.
You can use information gained through depositions to further build your criminal defense. You might identify opportunities to attack witness credibility, or you could develop an entirely new theory of the case. By further analyzing assertions made during a deposition, you could uncover key facts that put you in a strong defensive position. Additionally, if you subpoena a witness for a deposition and they fail to appear, then you might even be able to block that witness from testifying against you at trial.
Use every criminal defense tactic at your disposal
It’s all hands on deck when you’re facing criminal charges. To protect yourself as much as possible, you need to know what legal strategies you can use and how to effectively implement them into your criminal defense. Once you’ve done so, you’ll hopefully be in a good position to counter the prosecution’s claims and protect your future.