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I was drunk when I did that. That’s a defense, right? No.

November 2, 2011

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I was drunk when I did that.  That’s a defense, right?  No.

So you did something stupid, probably on a lark.  You busted into somebody’s house, you got touchy-feelly way too much with somebody that said to stop … whatever you did, you were drunk.  You weren’t thinking right.  Alcohol has a way of bringing out bad behavior.  You do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do. You can […]

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How can I be a good witness in court?

October 29, 2011

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Three rules: Tell the truth; don’t tangle with the DA as he questions you; and look at the jury when you speak. When you’re on the stand, you are under oath.  Lying under oath is a felony.  Felonies are bad.  There is no shame in not knowing the answer to a question.  If the truth […]

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Do I tell my attorney if I’m guilty?

October 28, 2011

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Do I tell my attorney if I’m guilty?

Only if you want to complicate things.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  Read on … Here’s the drill – never lie to your attorney and never lie under oath.  It also helps if you never lie – period. It may seem odd, but I don’t care if you’re guilty.  If you want a trial, I […]

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Can I have a ‘jury of my peers’?

October 28, 2011

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Can I have a ‘jury of my peers’?

No.  Next. Alright, let’s walk through this misconception. You can easily dismiss the concept by defining your “peers.”  For me, that would be a father, male, age 52, born in February, Lithuanian heritage, three kids, lawyer, teacher, someone who grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania – left for California for ten years – then came back, […]

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