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Cross Examination of the
Defense's Witness(es)

At this point, the prosecution can ask questions of the defense witness(es), including you, if you testified.

Note: The officer is not the prosecution. If he or she attempts to ask you or any other witness a question, object immediately and cite:

Whether or not the People provide a prosecuting attorney, the citing officer who testifies as to the circumstances of the citation is a witness, no more, no less. People v. Marcroft (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th Supp. 1 , 8 Cal.Rptr.2d 544

If the judge repeats the question the officer asked, you may wish to ask, "Excuse me your honor, was that a question from the prosecution or the judiciary?"

Remember (and remind any of your witnesses):

  • Stay calm.
  • Do not argue.
  • Take your time answering questions.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Use your answers to reinforce your defense.

After the cross examination comes the closing statements.

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