The choice to take a case to a trial is one that should be made with careful consideration after a COMPLETE review of your entire case. The decision to choose between a bench trial or a jury trial can affect the outcome of your case. It is important to have an attorney advocating for you [...]
A bench trial is a trial held solely in front of the presiding Judge. The Judge listens to all evidence, makes the same procedural decisions as in a jury trial and decides whether a person is guilty or not guilty. If a Judge finds you guilty, the judge then will assess punishment.
A jury trial is a trial where citizens are selected to hear the evidence in a case and determine if the state provided sufficient evidence to find if a crime was committed beyond a reasonable doubt. A Jury can be made up of either 6 or 12 citizens, depending on the degree of your offense. [...]