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What does it mean to preclude impeachment by evidence of a criminal conviction?

Mesa, AZ |

This is regarding my fiances Court Case it was a motion that was filed and I'm wondering what it means .

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A witness in the case, perhaps your fiancee, has a prior record. Whoever filed the motion wants the other side to be prohibited from attacking the witness's credibility by asking about his prior record. In other words, one side does not want the other side to tell the jury at trial that a witness has a prior record. The rules of evidence govern when the opposing party can attack a witness with his prior convictions. Here, someone wants the judge to rule that the opposing party cannot use the prior record of the witness.

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Preclude means to prohibit. In this case prohibit using someone's prior criminal conviction from discrediting their truthfulness.