Jury Selection For Seminole County Domestic Violence Charges

A domestic violence trial in Seminole County, Florida begins with jury selection.  A group of potential jurors is brought into the courtroom and each side has an opportunity to ask potential jurors questions to determine if they are someone that one side wants to be on the jury to decide the case.  This is called voire dire.  Each side has what is called strikes which allow them to exclude a juror from being on the jury to decide the case.  There are two types of strikes, for cause strikes and peremptory strikes.  For cause strikes can be used for many reasons but are normally used because the person is unable be fair and impartial as a juror in the case. For cause strikes are unlimited for both sides.  Peremptory strikes are strikes that are limited in number for both sides, but the same number for each side, and can be exercised by each side for any reason as long as the reason is race neutral.  An example of a for cause strike in a domestic violence case would be because the potential juror is a friend of one of the law enforcement officers who is going to testify in the case.  An example of a peremptory strike in a domestic violence case would be because a juror has a family member who was a victim of domestic violence and has donated money to a domestic violence shelter.  This potential juror may be able to be struck for cause for not being able to be fair and impartial in the case but if not this is the type of juror a defendant would want to use a peremptory strike on to exclude them from being a juror in the trial. Jury selection is a very important part of a trial in a domestic violence case.  If you would like to discuss how I can help, the consultation is free.  Please call me at 407-740-8300, text me at 407-616-8808 or email me at [email protected].

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