Thank you for asking me “Do I need to testify at a Stand Your Ground / SYG Hearing?”
Except in the rarest of instances yes, you will need to take the witness stand and testify in your own defense at a SYG Hearing.
Think about it, even if there’s a digital recording of the incident which clearly depicts everything that transpired, the video cannot explain what you were thinking at the time, and that is the key to your case.
No one other than you can explain to a Judge what your state of mind was – what you were thinking – at the time of the incident, and your lawyer needs to properly prepare you for your testimony.
Why is this so important? Because when you take the witness stand to testify you will be placed under oath, you will be cross-examined by the State Attorney, the Judge can you ask questions and there will be a transcript of every word that you say.
Further, it’s not uncommon for the State to seek, and to be granted, permission to video tape your testimony during a SYG Hearing.
This is why you need a skilled and experienced lawyer that can explain these things to you and properly prepare you for them before the fact.
At a SYG Hearing your life is on the line, and this is no place for an inexperienced lawyer.
At Michael A. Haber, PA “it’s all about reasonable doubt”!
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