Juries are supposed to be impartial, but they are only human. That means that when a crime is particularly ugly it is hard for many jurors to put aside their biases no matter how hard they try. In these cases, an expert criminal defense attorney can be critical in helping you overcome jury bias. Whether you have been accused of child abuse, rape or murder, Peter M. Liss can help you ensure you get a fair trial free from jury bias no matter how ugly the case against you.
One notable case that will almost certainly involve a serious jury bias is the story of Brianna King, who has been accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a children’s cancer charity. Fortunately, King has plead guilty and she and her lawyers will likely settle on a plea bargain, but it is easy to imagine how ugly this trial could have gotten should she have plead innocent -especially when the prosecution brought cancer patients or their parents to testify on the stand.
Jurors, of course, do tend to be fair enough to not immediately jump to conclusions without any evidence, but the problem is that very few cases are brought to trial without any evidence. If a criminal act is particularly heinous and there is enough evidence to link someone with the crime, it is human nature to dislike the person -even if there is not enough evidence to prove the person actually committed the crime. This is made even worse when the defendant has certain qualities that might not make some people like him or her already -like prison tattoos or a history of drug use. A skilled lawyer can help make a jury bias see past their prejudices to recognize that regardless of how they feel about the defendant, there simply isn’t enough evidence to convict him or her. In cases where a plea bargain is considered, it is important to show positive character, remorse and the desire for rehabilitation -just as you would want to show the jury if you were fighting the charges.
Remember, everyone deserves their day in court. If you are concerned that you might be subject to jury bias, Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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