Theodore W. Robinson’s Guides

Theodore W. Robinson

Hempstead Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 6 - Trial Strategy

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    By the time the testimony in the trial is complete, it then falls upon the parties to sum up their version or interpretation of what has transpired throughout the trial. Those are the closing arguments. Unfortunately, at this point, the order of things reverses itself and now t...

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  2. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 5 - Trial Strategy

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    I always use a simple visual aide I developed to prove my point about not everything you hear or see first is the whole story or correct. During jury selection I hold up a piece of cardboard (the back of a yellow pad) with a circle drawn on one side and a star drawn on the other...

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  3. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 4 - Trial Strategy

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    Next comes your Opening which you must give after the Prosecutor gives their Opening and tells the jury all about how your client did this horrendous crime and now its your turn to step up to the podium and have something to say. This is where many lawyers can begin to lose thei...

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  4. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 3 - Trial Strategy - Going Last

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    So the first thing you want to do is tell the jury as soon as you have your first chance to address them (usually during jury selection) of this problem and the solution which is for them to be abundantly aware of the problem and to keep their minds open at all times. That start...

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  5. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 2 - Trial Strategy

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    So what can be done when the prosecution gets to tell their story first and the jury focuses their attention on it and then have a hard time even hearing your client's version of what happened because they've already been told the whole story already? First, always make sure to ...

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  6. The Order of Trial is Important to Remember - Part 1 - Trial Strategy

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    Over the years, the order of trial has evolved to require that the prosecutor must prove their case completely (known as a prima facie case) before the Defendant needs to do anything. And even then, the Defendant never needs to prove anything in a criminal trial. However, what'...

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  7. "Taking the Fifth" What Is the Impact of It? Part 4

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    When someone asserts their Fifth Amendment privilege it basically means they feel that they might be subjected to prosecution for a crime if they give testimony. That right to remain silent goes back in the common law to England which allowed Defendants to remain silent and its ...

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  8. "Taking the Fifth" What Is the Impact of It? Part 3

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    When someone "takes the fifth" in the middle of testifying it is often an electrifying event and everyone, and especially the jury, are watching intently. Once the Judge decides whether the privilege should be granted, the issue the immediately arises as to whether any adverse i...

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  9. Attorney/Client Communications are Privileged - Most of the Time - Part 7

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    There is one notable exception to the attorney/client privileged communication rule. That is, no communication between an attorney and a client is privileged if it is for the purpose of learning how to commit a crime or fraud by the client. The legal profession is never to be use...

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  10. "Taking the Fifth" What Is the Impact of It? Part 2

    Written by attorney Theodore Robinson, over 3 years ago.

    When someone refuses to offer testimony under the Fifth Amendment privilege it actually means they assert that privilege to remain silent. In order to do this, they must take the stand and assert their Fifth Amendment Privilege in front of the jury and the Judge must pass upon t...

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