Jury Instructions

Although most cases do not end going to trial, it is important to have competent, experienced representation if your case does proceed to a courtroom. A lawyer with extensive litigation experience can be a crucial factor in the outcome of your case.

My name is Keith Rutman and I have been practicing law in San Diego County, Temecula, Murrieta and Southern California for more than 20 years. My practice is devoted to:

I have litigation experience in both civil and criminal courts on the state and federal level. I know how important it is to be knowledgeable in courtroom procedures, including how the judge uses jury instructions. If you have been charged with a crime or are thinking of pursuing a civil lawsuit, it is important to learn how jury instructions are used.

Contact me today at 619-573-4988 or 888-714-6354.

Jury Instructions in California Cases

In California, there are standard, court approved jury instructions in criminal cases. There are different instructions about all different types of crimes, including many violent offenses. There are also instructions describing how jury should consider the evidence it hears and apply sentencing enhancements. These instructions can help you learn about those particulars that must be considered and taken into account when constructing a solid defense case for trial.

There are also civil jury instructions in California which inform jurors about the elements of particular civil cases such as personal injury or a breach of contract case. Like criminal cases, there are also instructions describing how a jury should consider the evidence it hears. I can help you understand how these instructions can be used to shape strong arguments that can help prove your side.

Jury Instructions in Federal Cases

Federal courts have different criminal instructions and civil instructions that serve the same purposes. However, the elements of crimes and claims are different in federal court, as are the rules of evidence.

It either jurisdiction, it is important to note that often the final jury instructions will be amended for each case depending on what happens during the course of the trial and how motions are decided. However, jury instructions do provide a valuable starting point to help inform what will be considered during the course of the case. I can help you understand these instructions and how I will shape your case according to the standards and rules set out in them.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

To schedule a free half-hour consultation regarding your case, contact my law office. There may be any number legal options available to you based on the jury instructions specific to your type of case. Call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988.

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