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The right to a jury: why is it important?

No matter what kind of criminal case you are facing, you want to ensure the best possible outcome for acquittal. No one wants jail time, probation or even fines. The U.S. Constitution offers us many protections and opportunities when we have been charged with a crime. It is up to us to use them to our best advantage.

If we are left to have a judge make a decision about our fate, we face possible bias: perhaps the judge has a hard line attitude on DWI cases, perhaps he has looser or stricter rules on evidentiary rulings, perhaps he is just having a bad day and doesn’t have the patience to fully engage in your case. We’re all human.

When a group hears your case

Which is why it is important to take advantage of our right to a jury trial. When a group of people hear our case, instead of one person, they bring different perspectives, attitudes and backgrounds into the courtroom. One person may pick up on certain evidence that another might miss. Another might see a witness as non-credible and be able to articulate that to the jury as a whole.

Once both the state and your attorney have rested their case, the jury adjourns for deliberations. Here, jurors share their unique thoughts and feelings about the case and make a decision about your guilt or innocence.

Why the right attorney is essential

An attorney who is skilled at presenting before a jury – and reading their interest and concern in you – creates a compelling narrative that offers you the best possible outcome for your case. Taking advantage of this guaranteed right is essential to your present circumstances – and your future.

 

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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