Criminal Bench Trials
why choose a bench trial rather than a jury trial?
In Maryland District courts (all misdemeanor cases and many minor felonies), there are no juries. Every trial is with a judge only. This can be beneficial in several ways, mostly providing a double-trial option. You can have a trial in District court and if not acquitted, then a jury trial in Circuit Court. All testimony from the police and other witnesses can then be transcribed and used against them in the second trial.
WHAT's the first step?
If you were arrested or issued a summons or citation for a District-court offense, you want to act quickly to gather evidence and prepare a defense. Call Mr. Cleckner at 301-789-1616 for a free consultation over the telephone or to set up an in-person appointment, and he will answer any questions you have.
NOT SURE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?
Even though a jury isn't involved, bench trials can be very complicated, and conviction can cause problems with your ability to get a job or otherwise keep a clean criminal record. We'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We handle all facets of criminal and jailable traffic defense, and if we can't answer your questions, we'll do some research or find someone who can answer them. Call or email today, your future may depend on it!Email: Bench_Trials@NotGuiltyMaryland.com