Defense Closing Argument
Once the evidence has been introduced and the witnesses questioned in a Pennsylvania DUI trial, the district attorney and defense lawyer will each deliver a closing argument. An experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. will use closing arguments to remind the jury that the district attorney hasn't met the burden of proving your guilt in each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your Pennsylvania DUI attorney will do everything possible to point out that the Commonwealth hasn't proven its case against you with a well-crafted closing argument that answers any questions jurors may have about your guilt.
Your Pennsylvania DUI attorney's most important message during closing arguments is to remind jurors that they must return a not guilty verdict if the district attorney has failed to meet the burden of proving every element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
This is a crucial aspect of a strong closing argument in a Pennsylvania DUI defense, because there must be no mistake that the Commonwealth has the burden of proof, and most importantly that you have no duty to disprove the case against you. Jurors might forget this important point during a persuasive closing argument by the District Attorney.
Your Pennsylvania DUI attorney will craft a persuasive closing argument designed to remind jurors that they must accept the argument that points to your innocence in circumstantial evidence cases with two reasonable views of the evidence.
For example, if the arresting officer testified that you performed poorly on your field sobriety test because you were intoxicated, and your Pennsylvania DUI attorney introduced evidence that your physical difficulties were caused by an injury, the jurors should accept the explanation that points to your innocence.
An effective Pennsylvania DUI attorney will deliver a strong closing argument that addresses damaging aspects of the district attorney's case and emphasizes alternative explanations to the DA's evidence. Your attorney should remind the jury of the testimony of witnesses such as the defense expert. Finally, your Pennsylvania DUI lawyer will remind jurors of the oath they took to uphold the law.
Your Pennsylvania DUI attorney's closing argument will be particularly persuasive when he or she has built a strong connection with jurors and gained their trust. This process begins long before closing arguments. An experienced defense attorney begins building a rapport with the jurors during jury selection and continues the process throughout the trial.
An experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. will integrate a reminder of the district attorney's burden of proof, jury instructions, and a summary of the defense case into a persuasive closing argument and ask jurors to deliver a just and fair verdict of not guilty in your driving under the influence case.