Selecting a Jury

One of the more mysterious aspects of being a trial attorney is selecting the jury. We never know what they are thinking, never know how they are actually going to react once they are back in the jury room deliberating, and never know whether or not we made the right decisions in who we've chosen. But there are some things you can do to make your jury selection experience better. And if you are serious about being a Seattle DUI attorney, you should work on every part of your game, including jury selection.

As we all know, the goal of jury selection is to get the people that will vote not guilty for your client (let's face it, if you are a criminal defense attorney, that is who you want to pick). Assuming that goal is not a realistic possibility, it is okay to settle for getting people empaneled who will at least listen to your side of the story before making their decision. Most of the time this is all you need.

But picking the people that will listen is not easy. They don't walk into the courtroom with signs on saying "pick me" I'll listen, and we don't want them to (who do you think the prosecutor would kick off first?). To find those people it is up to you to get them talking about the things that matter to them, the things that will shed light on their thoughts and feelings outside of "I will not be biased," that canned answer we always hear.

To do this you have to open up yourself a little. Don't be afraid to show a weakness by telling a story to get them talking. Once they see that you aren't perfect and that you aren't going to judge them, they'll open up and and at least answer your questions (they may even start to like you, which isn't all that bad). Remember to keep working toward the ultimate goal, a not guilty for your client, and use their questions and answers as a way to educate them on the things that you think are important to the case.