You don’t say … or maybe you did. A brief explanation of witness impeachment by prior inconsistent statement.

The ability to impeach a witness is a trial skill that is perfected over time. It should not be undertaken lightly because a butchered impeachment of a key witness at trial can spectacularly backfire and unintentionally bolster the credibility of the witness. Although the principles of impeachment can be easily learned through studying caselaw, impeachment is better understood in practice and requires years to master. Watching an attorney perform a skillful impeachment is like watching a master craftsman carve a magnificent statute out of a single block of granite. It is akin to an artform. As with many trial skills, the more trial experience an attorney has, the better the attorney usually is at impeaching a witness. In this regard, there are no substitutes for trial experience and trial preparation.

Appellate Bonds in Florida – You Have to Ask

If you or a loved one has been convicted and is appealing or about to appeal a felony conviction, seek legal counsel to determine if you qualify for an appellate bond. Keep in mind – -“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky.

Huh? There’s No “Form” Objection???

Many seasoned Florida practitioners are surprised to learn that the often standard, non-specific, “objection to the form of the question” or simply, “objection, form,” is legally insufficient to preserve an evidentiary objection for trial or review, and, therefore, useless.