Last Wednesday, August 6, I went to trial in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. The client was charged with a violation of LSA-R.S. 14:95.1 (being a felon in possession of a firearm). After a grueling day of jury selection, argument, and testimony, the jury returned with a not guilty verdict in approximately 15 minutes! This was the quickest not guilty verdict of my career, other than those cases where I have obtained a directed verdict for my client.
Needless to say, I am very happy for the client. I think that the state did an excellent job in conveying the evidence that it had, but apparently, the jury was unconvinced. I would note that some criminal defense lawyers make a point NOT to try cases. They are either afraid to put their reputations on the line or of the consequences that may flow from a guilty verdict. Those same lawyers often put pressure on their clients to take deals that they really do not want to take.
As far as I am concerned, the decision as to whether to go to trial ALWAYS rests with the client. I have had clients that I thought should have gone to trial decide that it was not in their best interests to do so, and I have had clients that I did not think should go to trial decide to go to trial regardless. I am never too scared to go to trial if that is what the client ultimately wants. It goes to show that a tough, aggressive trial lawyer can make miracles happen given the proper circumstances. If you have been charged with a crime or are under threat of prosecution, make sure that you call the Law Office of Alex Kriksciun today!