Call For A Free Consultation
Fredericktown:
573-783-5100
Cape Girardeau:
573-651-8644
${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}

The link between personal injury cases and criminal records

Being injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence can be frustrating, especially as the accident victim goes through the process of seeking the compensation they need to cover the medical costs and other damages associated with the accident. Those with past run-ins with the law may hesitate to file a personal injury claim, because they are unsure of how their criminal record might play out in court.

Missouri residents can rest assured knowing it is likely their past criminal record may not come out in court at all in a personal injury case. The past can only be brought up if it is directly linked to the case at hand. Therefore, if someone has been hurt at work, their DUI conviction of 15 years ago will most likely have no bearing on the case.

However, it might come up if the accident victim is also taking the stand as a witness. The other side might bring up one's past convictions as a way to question the witness's credibility on the stand. This can affect one's case, as juries have an unfortunate tendency to see convicted individuals in a certain light and overlook the facts of the current case. Regardless of how small the conviction may seem, such as a speeding ticket, it can also be used to demonstrate that the person has the tendency to speed and to hide the truth from others. In this manner, the other side may be able to discredit the accident victim's testimony.

Again, this does not mean one should not pursue the case to get the compensation they deserve. There are tactics one can use to keep their criminal record out of court, such as asking for a trial by a judge or getting certain records expunged before going on trial. Knowing one's options can be a great place to start.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Schedule A Free Consultation

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Cape Girardeau Office 815 Independence Street Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 Phone: 573-651-8644 Fax: 573-651-8636 Cape Girardeau Law Office Map

Fredericktown Office 129 E. Main Street Fredericktown, MO 63645 Phone: 573-783-5100 Fax: 573-651-8636 Map & Directions

review us