Will I be Required to Speak in Court?

Will I have to testify in court?

Going to court can be a very stressful experience especially for those who have never had to go through the process before. Many of my clients have never been to court and are nervous about having to go through this situation. Most are concerned about what their role will be in court and whether they will be required to speak. 

In most instances, I am able to appear in court for my clients so that they will not have to come to court personally. However, there are other cases where the judge will require your presence. For those cases the judge will often issue a capias, or warrant, if you do not come to court as required. Finally, in other situations your appearance may not be required but appearing personally can greatly benefit your case and may be necessary in order to obtain the best possible outcome.

If you are to appear personally in court, your level of participation will largely depend on the nature and facts of the case. For a more typical reckless driving case, it is likely that you will not be required to speak at all but instead I will be able to speak on your behalf. However, many times for high speed cases or cases with unique facts the judge may ask you a few questions. Additionally, if your case needs to be taken to trial it is likely that you may need to testify in order appropriately defend the case.  

The only way to truly discover whether you will need to speak in court, in order to defend you case, is to talk to a traffic attorney with experience practicing in the court you are summoned to appear in.  Each case is unique, but I should be able to advise you on your likely role in court once I have heard the fact of the case.  Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience so that we can discuss your particular case, (804) 451-6033 or email.