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Why Do Lawyers Object?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | May 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

Maybe you were watching a trial on Court TV or your favorite TV show and you see a lawyer objecting.  Objections may seem sexy.  When you see a lawyer object, you may think he is protecting the client, or you may think that he is trying to hide evidence or you may be thinking that he is just being a jerk.

So what is an objection and why do lawyers object?

In trial, lawyers have to play by a set of rules called the rules of evidence. Some of the terms you may hear regarding evidence are relevance and hearsay. When a lawyer objects, he asking the judge to decide whether the question or piece of evidence is outside the rules of evidence.

Lawyers object for 3 main reasons:

  1. They don't want the witness to answer the question
  2. They don't want the evidence to be admitted, and
  3. To preserve the record for appeal

In practice, the lawyer has to pick their battles regarding objections. It's like anything else, just because you can object doesn't mean you should object. If a lawyer objects too much in trial, the lawyer may alienate the jury, which could cut against their client. This is why trial practice is both a skill and art.  I've had trials in which there were no objections made in front of the jury. There was plenty bickering and argument about the admissibility of evidence outside the presence of the jury but in front of the jury, it looked like the parties were getting along.

So, don't think that your lawyer has to object to fight for you. Things in real life are not like TV or the movies.

If you have any questions about an Indiana personal injury matter, you can always give me a call at (219) 874-4878.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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