In this section of the website, I want to talk about depositions. Oftentimes, if you are involved in a crime, you will be asked to appear at a deposition. This can be the case if you are the defendant in a case or a witness in a case. On this page, I want to talk about the basics of a deposition. Chances are that the criminal justice process is all new to you. Sure, you know some basic information about it from your junior year American Government class in high school or whatever crime show your roommate happens to have on the TV, but when it comes to specific facts, you’re probably lost. Good thing you have the internet and people trying to answer your questions! If you have been called upon to give a deposition, here is everything that you need to know about this process.
What is a Deposition?
Whether you are a victim in a case, a witness giving testimony, or a defendant, a deposition is essentially the same thing. A deposition is a meeting in which you are asked questions about the case you are involved in. A deposition will take place before your trial and the testimony that you give will be used as evidence in court. You do not have to go to a courthouse when you attend a deposition. Instead, you will go to a law firm’s office and give your testimony with your lawyer and the prosecutor present.
In addition, a court reporter will be present during the deposition. The court reporter will record everything that you say, word for word. While a judge will not be present, you will be sworn in by the court reporter. This means that you are under oath to tell the truth during your deposition. You will then be asked questions about yourself and your case by a lawyer. Remember to answer all of these questions honestly.
Preparing for the Deposition
Before you attend your deposition, you will most likely have a meeting with your lawyer. They will be with you throughout the deposition process and guide you. It is natural to feel anxious or have questions and this is what your lawyer is for. Before the deposition, ask you lawyer any questions that you have to put your mind at ease.
Your attorney will help you prepare for your deposition. Preparation might include reviewing documents and facts about the case with you so that you can refresh your memory. Your attorney can also ask you practice questions so that you are comfortable talking about yourself and your case.
Clearly, your lawyer will be an integral part of your deposition and your court process as a whole. If you have not yet retained a criminal defense lawyer, it is in your best interest to contact one as soon as you can.