Few words strike fear in the heart of a Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorneys like those highlighted above. If there is one thing that has put more individuals in jail than anything else, it has been going to trial with the mistaken belief that the witnesses are simply not going to show up. Many individuals assume their family and friends will ignore the subpoena issued by the State Attorney’s Office and not show up. This most commonly happens in cases involving violent crime. What many defendants do not realize is that those codefendants and coconspirators have been offered deals by the State Attorney’s Office which will require them to testify for them to get the benefit of their plea bargain. If they do not testify, their prison sentences could be increased lengthy, and sometimes doubled or even tripled. Ultimately, these individuals are simply looking out for their best interests and have no real desire to look out for their friends’ or the accused’s interests.
This is one of the many reasons why it is extremely unwise to base your entire decision to go to trial on the mistaken belief that the witness simply will not show up. We have seen countless opportunities where individuals have taken cases that otherwise should not have gone to trial, solely on the basis that the witnesses weren’t going to show up. There are very few feelings as bad as sitting in the hallway with your client waiting for trial to begin, when the witness that wasn’t supposed to show up walks in the door. Immediately, the defense attorney and their client take a large gulp and realize that things may not go as well as they previously believed because they were relying on the witness just not showing up.
As we’ve discussed at length, if you and your Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorneys have not considered the facts, the circumstances and potential defenses in your criminal case, they are not living up to their obligation and duties. Part of this duty and obligation is to inform you of your case includes considering the testimony of those witnesses that you are ensuring them will not show up. Our criminal attorneys plan and prepare for the worst case situation, while hoping for the best.
If you have questions concerning the witnesses at your criminal case or the criminal trial process in general, contact the Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorneys of Hackworth Law, P.A. for a free case consultation. We’ve handled criminal trials ranging from murder to driving under the influence and all crimes in between. We’ve handled difficult witness including mistresses, undercover cops, jailhouse snitches, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the “Contact Us Now” tab on our website. We appreciate your time and appreciate you visiting our website, and look forward to working with you on your criminal case.