Testifying at your own DUI trial can be a terrifying and nerve wrecking experience. Your lawyer will provide you with some NICKEL and DIME pointers that will help you give an effective testimony at your DUI trial.
What Does “NICKLE” Stand For?
Nervousness is acceptable. It is very understandable for you to feel and appear nervous. The jury understands, so admit it freely.
Intense listening is crucial. It is very important that you actively listen to the each question by either your lawyer or the prosecution.
Count to three before giving an answer. This slight pause will provide you with enough time to think about what is asked, while allowing your Memphis, Tennessee DUI lawyer to properly object.
KISS, or “keep it simple, stupid”, applies here. Instead of elaborating, give short answers that are to the point
Exact answers to each question. Do not attempt to rephrase the questions to what you think is being asked. Answer each question exactly as it is asked.
Look up at the jury when giving an answer. You are not hiding anything, so don’t act like it.
What Does “DIME” Stand For?
Demonstrate when appropriate. It is a good tactic to SHOW the jurors, instead of just telling them.
I Don’t Know is a perfectly acceptable answer when true. The jury will understand if you do not know the answer to a specific question or cannot remember a fact.
Make eye contact with individual jurors. This may be an invaluable tip during jury deliberations.
Emote. It is acceptable for the jury to witness your emotions regarding the facts surrounding your DUI arrest.
Making the decision to testify at your DUI trial can have huge consequences on your entire case. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to provide you the support and the assistance in making your testimony effective.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with DUI attorney David Willis, please call (901) 383-3283.