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Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found "not guilty" of all charges.

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What Is a Deposition?

When you are facing any type of court case, you may hear the term deposition and it may initially be confusing as far as what this truly means for you and for your future. Understanding the uses of a deposition and being appropriately prepared for one is strongly advised.

Prepare for a Deposition the Right Way

Many times, your attorney may suggest that you do not talk to investigators or insurance companies or other lawyers. This doesn’t often make sense, however, to a person who may be requested to participate in a deposition in the opposing attorney’s office.

A deposition simply refers to the opportunity for the opposing lawyer to ask you any questions that may be relevant to the case or could lead to the discovery of evidence that may be admitted into the court. The major reason why depositions occur and why you should attend one is because the court requires it.

Discovery in Your Criminal Case

The court requires that each side learn as many details as possible about the other side’s case before proceeding and this is known as the discovery process. Then this will help the attorneys analyze the settlement value in a case or figure out what is required.

During the deposition process, your opponent’s criminal lawyer may ask you questions about an incident, but also about your work history, education and any prior injuries. The purpose of this is for the opposing attorney to learn as much as possible about you during the deposition and the individual circumstances in question.

Choose an Experienced Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer

Because you could expose yourself to a number of different problems if you are not careful during the deposition process, you should always consult directly with your criminal defense attorney in New Jersey to verify that you are handling the deposition appropriately. Your lawyer may prepare you by conducting a deposition in advance directly with you. Contact The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today to get the help you need for your criminal defense case.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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