Navigating the landscape of a criminal trial can be daunting. To aid in understanding, Gross Law Group breaks down the essential phases and what they entail.
Jury Selection: A process where attorneys from both sides choose jurors. They ensure an unbiased jury that can objectively evaluate the evidence.
Opening Statements: Initial remarks by both parties. The prosecution and defense outline their respective positions and provide a roadmap of their case.
Presentation of Evidence
Prosecution’s Turn: The state presents its evidence, arguing the accused’s guilt. This may include physical evidence, witness testimonies, and expert opinions.
Cross-Examination: The defense questions the prosecution’s witnesses, probing for inconsistencies and highlighting doubts.
Defense’s Turn: The defense provides its counterargument, presenting evidence and witnesses to challenge the prosecution’s case.
Rebuttal: The prosecution offers additional evidence to counter and challenge the defense’s claims.
Testimonies: Statements given under oath by individuals who can provide firsthand accounts or relevant insights.
Expert Witnesses: Individuals with specialized knowledge—like forensic scientists or psychologists—who provide insights based on their expertise.
Summary and Persuasion: Both sides present their main points, aiming to sway the jury towards their viewpoint.
Discussion and Analysis: Jurors converse in private, examining evidence and arguments before reaching a decision.
Verdict: The jury’s final decision. A unanimous verdict is typically necessary for either conviction or acquittal.
If Convicted: If the accused is found guilty, the judge will determine the appropriate penalty during a subsequent hearing.
Possibility of Appeal: After a verdict, the defense might challenge the trial’s outcome through various legal channels.
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