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When representing yourself in a criminal jury trial, do you sit on the stand and ask questions to yourself ?

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When representing yourself do you sit on the witness stand and ask questions to yourself like you are two different people ? do you stand on the floor and ask the question and then sit in the witness stand to answer ? how does this work ? if I choose to represent myself I don't want to look like a complete fool. and if you need to object to the prosecution while they are asking you questions, do you object from the witness stand ?

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No. You ask the question from the well and then get on the stand to answer them. That way the jury will know who is speaking.

Alright, I know it's a sincere question. My comment is that one should not represent one's self. The things you think are important may be legally irrelevant, and while you would be given wide latitude in terms of the form of your questions, routine things like hearsay will still be inadmissible. Get a lawyer. That is the only answer to your question.

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I would echo the sentiment that you should hire representation. However if you do not one would generally testify in narrative form and not in a question and answer form.

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You provide a narration. Then you are asked questions by the prosecution. Yes, you object from the witness stand.

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thank you, I tried to mark this as helpful, but I am to my allowed limit for the month per avvo


One who is pro se would typically tell his story in the narrative form and then be subject to cross-examination in Q&A form.
It should be noted that this is one of the least complicated aspects of trial. It is not like television. The judge will not cut you much, if any, leeway. I strongly suggest hiring an attorney. Better to do it now than wish you had later.
Either way, good luck!

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