Understanding Criminal Trials with Russell Araya of Ramos Law

June 4, 2024

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In a recent House of Law episode, Ramos Law Attorney Russell Araya explores the intricacies of criminal trials. Whether it’s a jury or bench trial, the process is a cornerstone of the American legal system.

A trial begins when the district and defense attorneys fail to reach a plea agreement. The prosecution presents evidence, including witness testimonies and physical evidence, to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense attorney then cross-examines witnesses to create reasonable doubt.

Next, the defense presents its evidence, possibly including testimonies from the defendant and other witnesses. The defendant has the right to testify but cannot be forced to do so. After both sides rest, the judge instructs the jury, who then deliberate privately to reach a verdict. Understanding these steps helps demystify the journey from accusation to verdict in a criminal trial.

Learn more about criminal trials by using the link below to tune into House of Law Ep. 23.