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Trials are the great equalizer in criminal law.  It does not matter if you can have a great case and the most amazing advocate by your side, the ultimate decision will always be left to someone else.  While the stress of a trial cannot be changed, it may help to understand exactly how it works.  The following is a general explanation of the trial process as procedures may vary depending upon the judge presiding over the case.

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Jury or Judge Trial

Jury Selection / Voir Dire

Opening Statements

Prosecution case-in-chief / Direct & Cross Examination of Witnesses

Prosecutor rests, Defense case-in-chief / Direct & Cross Examination of Witnesses

Rebuttal case

Closing Argument

Jury Charge Conference

Jury Deliberation

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