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Witness credibility can be crucial in juvenile cases

| Jun 4, 2020 | Firm News |

Has your child been charged with a criminal offense? If so, you’re probably willing to do just about anything to protect their future. After all, a conviction could affect your child’s life in more ways than one. Therefore, you need to ensure that your child has the best criminal defense available to him or her, which can be a difficult thing to secure, especially given that there are several components to a successful defense strategy.

While some criminal defense strategies seek to challenge the physical evidence, these defenses are limited in scope. You and your child need a holistic approach, which means addressing other critical matters like witness credibility. In many juvenile cases, prosecutors rely on the testimony of others to build their arguments and seek conviction. But their witness’s words aren’t always worth their weight in gold.

In fact, the credibility of many witnesses is compromised. They might have conflicting statements about key pieces of evidence or criminal histories that indicate a lack of truthfulness. In other instances, a witness has obvious biases against the accused individual, his or her family, or people of his or her race and ethnicity. Drawing these matters out is crucial to undermining the prosecution’s case. On the flip side, you and your child need to be prepared to preserve the credibility of witnesses who support the defense strategy being deployed.

Appropriately addressing these matters requires legal know-how and quick thinking. Depositions and effective cross-examination can be priceless, but they take time and skill to carry out effectively. If you want a criminal defense for your child that maximizes his or her chances of escaping the harshest penalties under the law, then you might want to consider discussing the facts of your child’s case with a criminal defense attorney of your choosing.

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