Do you have a criminal record?
You would assume that if you are rear ended by an 18-wheeler it would have nothing to do with you having a criminal record. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you have a criminal record or think you have a criminal record it is important to disclose that information to your Personal Injury Attorney.
Your criminal record would likely affect your personal injury case depending on the following:
- The details surrounding the arrest or conviction.
- How long ago the conviction or arrest was made.
When your criminal record does not affect your case.
If you fit into one of the following, then it is unlikely that your criminal record would affect your personal injury case:
- If you were arrested and the charges were later dropped.
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor crime.
- You were convicted as a minor.
- If you were arrested but there was no conviction
- Your case settles out of court.
When your criminal record will affect your case.
Your criminal record may come up in trial if your Attorney is not able to reach a settlement with the opposing party. Again, if you have a criminal record it is important to disclose that information to your Personal Injury Attorney. Having your Attorney caught off guard in court would not be a good thing. If your Attorney knows about your criminal record prior to trial, then they can work hard to lessen any potential damage your criminal record may cause to your personal injury case.
If the opposing party ask you about your criminal record during a deposition, it it is important to be honest. Admitting to having a criminal record does not mean that it will automatically be used in court. An insurance company or opposing attorney are there to try to destroy your credibility. To make you look dishonest and untrustworthy in front of a jury. The opposing parties job is to persuade the jury to not reward you a fair amount of money or no money at all.
What if the jury knows about your criminal record ?
It is your Personal Injury Attorney’s job to represent you to the best of their abilities. Your personal injury Attorney will work hard to stop your criminal record from being presented in court if they can. .
If your criminal record is brought before a jury during trial, do not be discouraged. A lot can depend on your personality and if you are a likable person. Overall it could reduce the amount money you receive, but it is not likely to change the overall outcome of the case.
Pepper and Odom Law firm represents victims that have suffered all types of injuries as a result of a personal injury. Our personal injury Attorneys are have the experience and reputation to help during these very difficult times. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, and you want Attorney’s with experience and great reputations, contact one of our injury Lawyers today at 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama.
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