Attorney tactics in court include swaying the jury by using misdirection and other tricks. These tricks often cause a judge or jury to have an entirely different impression of the facts of the case than the person giving the evidence. Defense attorneys often use words like “in other words” or “to put it another way” to misdirect a jury. Pay close attention to what your attorney says next. If he changes the meaning of what you said, correct him.
The use of tricks and other deception by a defense lawyer can result in a plaintiff dropping their case. Some lawyers will require amendments to the plaintiff’s pleadings, which could force the plaintiff to spend excessive legal fees early on. The other way that a defense lawyer may derail a case before trial is through procedural checks. Here are some tactics you can use to avoid these tricks. Once you know how to spot them, you can avoid them by being aware of them.
The defense attorney may ask the police officer or witness to describe things that the defendant did not do. If you cannot describe something, red flags should fly. This tactic is likely designed to get you to give an answer that could be used against you. The defense attorney should tell you that he or she is trying to make a case that will not end in a conviction. If they are not clear about this, they may try to use it against you.