San Francisco DUI Lawyer Drunk Driving Attorney California DMV Hearing Attorney

Bay Area DUI Attorney
Bay Area DUI Lawyer Alameda DUI Attorney Contra Costa DUI Attorney Marin DUI Attorney Napa DUI Attorney San Francisco DUI Attorney San Mateo DUI Attorney Santa Clara DUI Attorney Sonoma DUI Attorney
San Francisco DUI Attorney Divider Bay Area DUI Divider DMV Hearing Divider DUI Investigation Divider Bay Area DUI Law Firm Divider Bay Area DUI Lawyer
Navigation Shadow Navigation Shadow

Jury Deliberations

Once both sides have made closing arguments in a California criminal DUI trial and the judge has given the jury instructions, jurors are sent outside the courtroom to deliberate the criminal case.

Call (415) 552-6000
for a Free Consultation

Our San Francisco law office provides free consultations.

Attorneys for the firm represent clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Sonoma and Napa counties.

Feel Free to Contact Our Office Today!

The jurors will select a foreperson who oversees the deliberation process. They weigh all of the evidence presented throughout the trial. They decide which facts to consider, which to discount, and decide how much weight to give to each piece of evidence.

Jurors in a criminal trial are required to follow the jury instructions given to them by the judge. If the jury have any questions, the foreperson can send a note to the judge. Jury panel are also permitted to see physical evidence if they wish.

Once the jurors have deliberated for a period of time, they will take a vote. If all agree, they have reached a verdict. If they do not agree, additional deliberations will follow. When the jury reaches a verdict, the bailiff is notified, and the jury returns to the courtroom.

If all jurors agree on the defendant's culpability, a guilty verdict is given. If all jurors agree on the defendant's innocence, an acquittal, or verdict of not guilty, is returned.

If jurors cannot agree on a verdict, there is a "hung" jury. Although it may not seem that way, this is considered a victory for the defense. Many California DUI cases are dismissed after a "hung" jury. If the case is not dismissed, the prosecution may offer a generous plea bargain. Although the case can be retried, the prosecutor rarely will want to do so.

Home > Bay Area DUI > Criminal Jury Trial > Jury Deliberations

Home | Bay Area DUI | DMV Hearing | DUI Investigation | About Our Firm | Contact Us
(510) 352-9500
Contra Costa
(925) 288-9800
(415) 552-6000
(707) 576-9900
San Francisco
(415) 552-6000
San Mateo
(650) 570-3000
Santa Clara
(408) 985-8700
(707) 576-9900