An Orange Park Injury Attorney Discusses How Attorneys Persuade You to Reveal More Than You Should

Orange Park Injury AttorneyOne method defense attorneys use to persuade you to talk more than you should is to ask open-ended questions; another method is to attempt to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. An Orange Park injury attorney knows a common deposition strategy defense attorneys often employ is to play nice even if they are not feeling very nice. An Orange Park injury attorney is aware that a witness will most likely be nervous as the deposition begins, and therefore, a defense attorney’s kindness at this time will probably have the most effect. Most witnesses are very grateful to be questioned in a kind, understanding manner rather than in a malicious, condescending manner that they have seen used by attorneys depicted on TV and in movies. During the initial questioning, an Orange Park injury attorney will advise that the defense attorney may employ the following types of actions in an attempt to relax the witness: • Assure the witness he can request a break if needed; • Offer to refill the witness’s water glass if it is empty; or • Offer to exchange places with the witness if sunshine is coming through a window and bothering him. An Orange Park injury lawyer is well aware that simple acts of consideration and kindness such as these can be quite effective in easing the nervous tension a witness may feel and persuade him or her to open up when answering questions. Legal Advice If you have questions concerning your deposition and would like to speak with a competent and experienced Orange Park injury lawyer, please contact the First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000 and request a free consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
This entry was posted in Deposition, Personal Injury. Bookmark the permalink.