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Courtroom Testimony: 18 Tips to Help Ease Your Mind

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 ChandlerPeoria, 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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Our Courtroom Testimony Tips

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.

Courtroom Guidelines: How to prepare your courtroom testimony

  • Your behavior outside of the courtroom is as important as your conduct inside the courtroom. Do not discuss your case in the restroom or hallways.
  • Do not speak to the judge or jurors during the duration of your case. They must remain unbiased in the case.
  • You may have emotional responses throughout different aspects of the case and the hearings. This includes when the defendant states “not guilty,” testimony is given, and during sentencing. You may hear things that cause you to have a number of emotions you may not have anticipated.
  • If you are concerned about not being able to manage your emotions at any time throughout the trial, it is appropriate to leave the courtroom. You want to avoid influencing the judge or jury.
  • If you have questions at any time during the trial, write them down in a notebook or this workbook. Share them with the prosecutor or victim advocate at an appropriate time. Do not whisper during the trial.

Testifying in a Criminal Trial: Do’s and Don’ts During Courtroom Testimony

If you are asked to give courtroom testimony, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Be honest in your responses.
  • Dress appropriately. For most cases, business attire works well.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Speak loudly and clearly so that you can be heard correctly.
  • Stop speaking when an attorney objects or if the judge interrupts you.
  • Only discuss your testimony with the attorney. Do not talk about the trial in front of the judge, jurors, or other witnesses.
  • If the defense attorney asks if you have discussed your testimony with your attorney, it is appropriate to answer in the affirmative. While you may have received guidance from your attorney, you are answering questions to the best of your ability and truthfully.
  • If you are asked a question that you do not understand, ask for clarification. If you feel that the attorney is manipulating your answers or steering the conversation in a specific direction, ask the judge for the opportunity to clarify your responses.
  • If a question is asked that you don’t know the answer to, you can reply “I don’t know”, or “I don’t remember”.

What to do during courtroom testimony?

  • Dress conservatively and be respectful. You are there to share your courtroom testimony, not be a fashion statement.
  • It is okay to use notes during your courtroom testimony if you need them. Remember that the judge or attorneys may be allowed to view your notes if you use them.
  • Be descriptive as you relay the emotional, financial, physical, and mental effects of the incident. You want to give a clear picture of what happened and how it has affected you.
  • Avoid using negative statements toward the defendant. Stick to your story and how the incident has had an impact on you personally. This includes insults and accusations.
  • Maintain eye contact with the attorney who is asking questions. If you are directed to explain something to the judge or jury, look to them directly.

Get Help Now with Your Courtroom Testimony

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 ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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