A criminal record can affect a person’s life in a variety of ways. Even minor criminal convictions such as traffic tickets can have negative impacts on a person’s life. Even though a prior conviction would not be related to a current personal injury claim, there are some instances where it could be used as evidence against you in your personal injury case.
There are a few factors that determine whether your prior convictions can be used against you in personal injury cases. Generally, a prior criminal conviction will not be admissible unless it would be used to disprove something of consequence to the matter before the court.
However, if you are a plaintiff who testifies as a witness in your own personal injury trial, your criminal history can possibly be introduced by the defense to attack your credibility, which is called impeachment. When a witness is impeached, it essentially means that evidence has been provided which contradicts the testimony of that person. For example, if a person testified that he or she has always been a safe driver and practiced safe driving habits, evidence to show a prior DUI conviction or other traffic convictions could be introduced to show that the witness was lying.
During the course of your personal injury litigation, you will be asked about your criminal history. When you are asked, it is important that you answer truthfully. If you do not the defense will undoubtedly discover the details of any past convictions and attempt to use attack your credibility and portray you as dishonest, which would ultimately be detrimental to your case.
If you do happen to have any prior convictions, the best thing you can do is tell the truth and hire an experienced attorney will be able to provide advice and help you to navigate through the process and choose the best litigation strategy.
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This information is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.