Tips on Testifying

Jacksonville injury lawyerClients of a Jacksonville injury lawyer often have questions as to the proper way to testify in their case.

Your Jacksonville Injury Attorney Will Advise You Not to Speak in Ambiguities

Your Jacksonville injury lawyer will tell you that the following terms will give the impression that you are unsure about your answers and should be avoided:
  • Let’s see;
  • Presumably;
  • I might’ve;
  • It’s possible;
  • I guess;
  • Maybe; and
  • Seemingly.

Your Jacksonville Injury Lawyer Will Explain Guessing vs. Estimating

If your answer will become speculative, it is better to say you don’t know the answer rather than sound unsure. On the other hand, estimating is acceptable when your response is a reasonable estimate. You must make sure you are saying that it is only an estimate and not a precise response.

Finishing Your Answer Is Important

You are allowed to reply to the question the opposing attorney asks without being interrupted. It is possible that the opposing attorney will try to cut your answer short. Don’t respond emotionally. Simply wait and then finish answering the question you were answering at the time of interruption.

Speak to an Experienced Jacksonville Injury Lawyer

If you have questions about giving testimony, a Jacksonville injury lawyer can help. Call First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000 today.  

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.
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