March 14, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Don’t Let Your Ghost of Christmas Past Come Back to Haunt You

If you are charged with a crime, there is always a chance that your case will end up going to jury trial. When considering whether or not to go to trial, you and your lawyer must first determine what evidence will be presented to the jury. After all, what the jury sees and hears is what determines your fate.

There was a recent case where an individual was represented by another law firm. The defendant testified in trial that he did not hate women or mistreat prostitutes and he also denied excessive drug use. However, the prosecutor handling the case was prepared. The prosecutor knew that the defendant was not telling the whole truth. In fact, the prosecutor had a witness testify that the defendant had indeed acted in a way that revealed his drug use and his mistreatment of women. You can just imagine what the members of the jury were thinking. You can bet the jury did not believe anything the defendant said from that point on.

There are two lessons that you should learn from this true story. First, you should tell your lawyer everything-the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If the man in the story above had told his lawyer the truth, his lawyer probably would not have had him testify to those things that were not true. Second, make sure to never let your past conduct come back to haunt you. In the story above, the defendant’s past conduct was a huge factor in his trial. Ultimately, it might have been the “nail in the coffin” so to speak.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, and you are facing the possibility of going to trial, make sure you speak with an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer. It is not enough to hire a lawyer that is “pretty good” in trial. You need an amazing trial lawyer. Please contact Wallin & Klarich with any question you might have. You can also check out our website at

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