How can discovery help my criminal case?

| Apr 14, 2021 | Firm News |

When Oregon residents are facing criminal charges, they should be prepared to present a strong criminal defense to protect their rights. The discovery process is an important part of criminal defense, as it allows both parties to exchange information about the case with one another. It is important to do it correctly, as information not disclosed through discovery may not be admitted in court.

Depositions

Both parties can ask questions from a witness, who is under oath. There are few rules about the type of questions that can be asked during a deposition and the witness has to answer the questions. this helps both parties get a better understanding of what witnesses are going to say during the trial.

Interrogatories

Interrogatories are like depositions, except they are in written form and the person they are directed to answers in written form as well. they can only be directed to someone who is a party to the lawsuit.

Document production

In a criminal trial, the prosecution is duty bound to provide specific documents to the defendant, whether or not the other party asked for them.

Disclosures

Decisions such as expert witnesses need to be communicated to the relevant parties through disclosures. Defendants also are required to inform the prosecution whether they are claiming any special defenses, such as insanity.

Defending one’s rights can be frustrating, especially when it seems like everything is biased towards the criminal justice system. But an experienced attorney can guide the accused through the process and keep them abreast of everything that is happening so they do not feel overwhelmed.