Trial By Judge or Jury

To have a trial by judge or jury is something that you and your attorney must make together. If a criminal case is punishable by more than six months’ imprisonment, you generally have the right to be tried by a jury of fellow citizens. Your chances could be better with a jury, because the prosecutor must convince each juror that you are guilty.

However, you should keep in mind that juries are unpredictable. In some rare circumstances, you might stand a better chance of acquittal with a judge. Take your lawyer’s opinion into deep consideration, but remember that in most jurisdictions you cannot waive trial by jury without consent of the prosecution.