Trial and Pre-trial Services

Introduction to Trial and Pre-trial Services

I assist attorneys defending persons accused of child abuse during the investigative, pre-trial, and trial stages of their proceedings. Assistance varies according to the needs of each client and attorney and is constructed on a case-by-case basis.

If you are accused of child abuse, I can help you mentally prepare for the ordeal you are about to experience. I have found that clients who know what to expect are less confused and nervous about what’s going on around them. This can be misunderstood by juries as looking guilty or appearing worried. I can also assist clients with understanding plea bargains that may be presented to them as well as evaluating the potential consequences of accepting or not accepting the deal.

I cannot promise anything except that I will give your case a fair and thorough evaluation. If I am hired as your consultant, I will devote the time necessary to make sure that every avenue of defense in your case is explored. After all, your success is my success.

Trial Preparation

  • Review and assess records or reports in alleged child abuse cases by social services, psychologists, medical professionals, and police
  • Review and assess the interrogation techniques used by the State
  • Assist in the construction of an overall defense strategy
  • Assist the attorney by incorporating the relevant data/research
  • Interview and prepare defense witnesses for testifying
  • Evaluate the case with various national experts in child abuse identification and assessment as well as in coerced confessions, DNA evidence, computer forensics, etc.
  • Recommend experts for testifying or making reports
  • Assess plea-bargain offers in practical terms

Trial

  • Assist attorneys with voir dire
  • Assess jurors during voir dire and recommend challenges
  • Offer attorney assistance developing cross-examination questions of opposing child abuse experts
  • Recommend alternate strategies during the trial if part of the pre-plan strategy is failing due to the unexpected or additional doors are opened by a failure of part of the prosecution’s plan

Depositions

  • (Ms. Hart’s deposition skills are widely known throughout the country!)
  • Assist attorneys in constructing suggested deposition questions for the alleged victim(s), alleged witnesses, social workers, police, medical professionals, psychologists, and experts in child abuse for the State and the defense
  • Assist during the deposition in providing follow-up questions based on the answers given to questions