With over 25 years of successful experience, David Pflaum is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in San Diego to take a case to jury trial.
While statistics show that nearly 95% most criminal cases are resolved by way of a plea bargain, the accused should have a strong and experienced defense attorney who the prosecutors and judges know is ready, willing, and able to take a case to trial in order to protect his clients rights.
Picking the right jury, making an outstanding opening statement, presenting a defense, cross examining witnesses and police officers, and giving a compelling closing argument are the tools of the trial trade.
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PICKING THE RIGHT JURY
The accused has the right to have a trial by jury. The jury consists of about 60 people from the community who are notified by mail to come to court.
Through a process called “voir dire,” the defense and prosecution select the 12 people out of the 60 to be the jury who watch every part of a trial and decide if a client is not guilty or guilty.
An experienced trial attorney asks strategic and provocative questions to select the best 12 jurors for the case.
OPENING STATEMENTS THAT CAPTURE THE JURY’S ATTENTION
The trial then starts with opening statements. The opening statements provide the jury with a “sneak preview” of the facts and the evidence. The opening statement will be the first impression the jury will get of the defense case through the defense attorney.
Attorney Pflaum is a highly competent trial attorney who carefully plans the opening statement to present the jury the best side of the case.
The prosecution then presents testimony from witnesses. The defense attorney has the right to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses. The purpose of cross-examination is to discredit the witness, or impeach his or her credibility, to show that the witnesses are not telling the truth.
An excellent trial attorney chooses cautiously the right questions to ask a witness in order to get the witness to contradict previous statements and damage his or her believability.
CLOSING ARGUMENTS THAT ARE COMPELLING
Once all the evidence is presented, the defense attorney must make a compelling final argument to the jury. The defense will summarize the evidence presented and explain why the jury should render a not guilty verdict.
The closing argument is the last chance the defense will get to persuade the jury to render a not guilty verdict.
An experienced and successful criminal trial attorney like David Pflaum will be well prepared for trial, pick a good jury, summarize the evidence, subpoena witnesses, and make a presentation to the jury to convince them that his client is not guilty.
THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the rights of the accused, regardless of your legal status. It states that every person accused of a crime has the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of his or her peers, in the district where the alleged crime was committed.
The accused has a right to be informed of the nature and cause of the charges, to confront the witnesses against him or her, to have process for obtaining witnesses in his or her favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his or her defense.
The most important key to success at trial is preparation. You may rest assured that Mr. Pflaum will be well prepared to take your case to trial by meeting with you, discussing strategies, meeting with witnesses, hiring experts, and preparing trial exhibits.
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