When charged with a crime, the District Attorney may ask the Court to consolidate a defendant’s trial with his or her co-defendants. One reason such motion is made is to save government resources. Criminal trials are complex and require focus on the part of the jury, which is extremely difficult when hearing a case involving one defendant. Historically, criminal defendants are accommodated because it is a part of American Democracy; therefore, idea that resources may be saved by grouping defendants, whose lives are on the line, is disheartening.
Grouping defendants would likely cause attorneys and clients to lose track and sequence of evidence, which would most definitely confuse the jury. The standard for determining if an error was made by consolidating cases is whether the jury had to disbelieve one defendant in order to believe the other, which illustrates the notion that grouping defendants may also cause the defendants to initiate finger-pointing – an issue that can be avoided or approached differently if each defendant had their own trial. Such mayhem is guaranteed to lead to mistrials and costly appeals.
HOW THE MAXWELL FIRM CAN HELP
When charged with a crime, having an advocate that cares is essential. Criminal cases require significant trial and appellate experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively defend such cases.
In a criminal case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in, and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through a plea or take it to trial. At that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous criminally accused take back their lives.
Hill v. State, 481 So.2d 419, 424 (Ala.Cr.App.1985).