Posted on November 2, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Jurors have been bombarded with information about “body language.” This information is joined by common folklore about tell-tale signs of falsehood. Here are five things to practice with your witnesses to keep their body language consistent with their truthful testimony.
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: body language, direct examination, jury, Jury trial, trial, trial attorney, witness, witness preparation | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 16, 2016 by Khanh Tran
Whether it’s to expose an unfaithful fiancé or set the record straight on a public feud, self-appointed vigilantes should think twice before recording a private conversation: it’s against the law. Here’s what to tell your sleuthing client about California’s privacy laws.
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Posted on August 22, 2016 by Khanh Tran
According to an alarming 2014 FBI study, nearly 68% of homicides involved the use of firearms, with over a quarter of victims killed by a family member. From these numbers alone, it’s clear to see the urgency of a client’s situation if he or she says a family member may resort to violence. One way to protect your client is to seek a gun violence restraining order.
Filed under: Criminal Law, Elder Law, Family Law, Real Property Law | Tagged: domestic violence, firearms, gun violence restraining order, guns, restraining order | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 1, 2016 by Stella J. Lee, Esq.
There’s continuing debate about whether California’s Proposition 47, which decriminalized certain felonies, is responsible for a rise in crimes. But what’s not up for debate is that Prop 47 has been expanded and challenged in unforeseen ways. The appellate courts have been putting their own stamp on the way the trial courts have applied Prop 47. Here’s a sampling of how the cases have been falling.
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Posted on April 22, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If it’s your first trial or it’s been a while since you’ve tried a case, here’s a handy list of the steps to take when introducing your evidence at trial. Continue reading
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Posted on April 8, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It sounds obvious: You should always listen carefully to the witness during cross-examination. But listening means more than just hearing the words actually said. Ideally, your listening will go well beyond that, which can make all the difference in improving your cross-examination. Continue reading
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Posted on March 30, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Much to the chagrin of trial attorneys, jurors don’t always give their full attention to the trial. It’s trial counsel’s job to keep things interesting. Depending on the case, this can be a tall order. Here are some tips for making your questioning of a witness as compelling as possible. Continue reading
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