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Your New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyer and the Cross-Examination of Witnesses
27 Jul 2015

Your New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyer and the Cross-Examination of Witnesses

New Mexico Criminal Defense LawyerWhen you have been charged with a felony criminal offense and have scheduled a preliminary hearing, one thing you can expect is for your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer to cross-examine the witnesses who are called to testify against you by the prosecution. If you later decide to go to trial, your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer will cross-examine witnesses at hearings and at your jury trial.

Organization of Questions

One of the first things your attorney will do when they are preparing the cross-examinations in your case is determine how the questions should be organized. A common approach is to use a funneling approach in which the attorney starts with more general questions, gradually narrowing down to more specific ones.

Establishing the Setting

If the setting was not established by the prosecution on their direct examination, your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer may start their cross-examination by doing so. This includes determining the who, what, where and when for the incident. They will most likely divide up the questions into chapters about different pieces of evidence or events that were alleged to occur. In each chapter, they will begin with more general questions and narrow down to more pointed ones.

Focus on the Important Details

When your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer reviews the evidence and reports in your case, they will look for key details that could help to set up your defense. These details will be the ones on which they focus most during cross-examination.

Using a Chronological Order

Your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer may ask questions in a chronological order that is logical. This helps the judge and the witness to understand exactly what is being asked.

Exploring Other Areas Raised at the Hearing

Your New Mexico criminal defense lawyer will not stick to a script. Instead, they will listen for witnesses to mention other areas that they will then explore. They do this to help set up possible defenses that can later be raised in your case.

Contact a New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyer

To schedule a consultation with a New Mexico criminal defense lawyer, call the Twohig Law Firm at (505) 898-0400.

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