A DUI is considered a “victimless” crime in Arizona; thus, a defendant can be prosecuted even if no one was injured prior to the arrest. However, if you were injured in an accident involving a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be called on to testify in the courtroom against the driver who hit you.
It’s normal to feel nervous in such a situation. Just remember that you’re not on trial. And if you don’t speak up, the person who hurt you could go unpunished—and perhaps even harm someone else. The bravery that you show by testifying will help your peace of mind in the long run.
For many people, the thought of giving courtroom testimony is a scary one. People don’t know what to say, how to act, or how to get across what they’re feeling. For most of our clients who go through this process, it is a completely new experience. The important thing to remember is that as your attorneys, we will be with you every step of the way to guide you.
Your testimony must be your own, so we can’t tell you what to say (that’s illegal). However, we can tell you the best way to get your point across and tell you HOW to say what you want to say in a way that will help you get the best settlement possible.
The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of DUI accidents and need help testifying in court. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.
By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor or psychiatrist who can help get your life back on track. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.
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These tips are guidelines for you to follow to help the courtroom take your testimony seriously. As a witness, and the person the defendant harmed, your testimony is important to the case. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in a settlement that isn’t as large as you had hoped, or in some cases having the case thrown out. These tips will help you give your courtroom testimony in the best way possible, and will likely help ease your nerves so you know what to expect in the courtroom.
If you are asked to give courtroom testimony, be sure to follow these guidelines:
At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from DUI accidents in the Phoenix area, including those who want to have courtroom testimony. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.
If you have been in a DUI accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients who need to have courtroom testimony in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.