Do you have a criminal record?
You would assume that if you are rear ended by an 18-wheeler who failed to properly break it would have nothing to do with you having a criminal record or not. 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.
The likelihood of your criminal record affecting your personal injury case depends on a few things:
- 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 unlikely that your criminal record would affect your personal injury case:
- If you were arrested and charges were later dropped
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor crime
- You were convicted as a minor
- If you were arrested but there was non conviction
- Your case settles out of court.
When your criminal record will affect your case.
If your Attorney cannot reach a settlement and you have to go to trial then it is possible that your criminal record may come up. Again, if you have a criminal record it is important to disclose that information to your Personal Injury Attorney. The worst thing that could happen is if your Attorney is caught off guard during trial about a conviction you have had. If your Attorney knows ahead of time then they can work hard to lessen any potential damage your criminal record may cause to your personal injury case.
If during a deposition by the opposing attorney you are asked about being a convicted felon then it is important to be honest. Just because you have admitted 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. This is to persuade the jury to not reward you a fair amount of money or no money at all for your personal injury claim.
What if the jury knows about your criminal record ?
If you have a criminal record and the opposing attorney wants to present it to the jury during trial it will be your Personal Injury Attorney’s job to do what he or she can to stop that from happening.
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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