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Bose Law Firm, PLLC
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Springfield Offices:
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Springfield, VA 22152

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TO WAIVE OR NOT TO WAIVE

Whether you should waive a jury trial for a bench or judge trial is a strategic decision to be made with an experienced attorney. The accused has the right to a trial by jury of individuals selected from the community. The jury is the fact finder who will then decide if there are sufficient facts for a guilty finding. The advantage to this in felony cases is that twelve individuals must find you guilty as opposed to only one judge. The downside to a trial by jury is that if the jury does find you guilty, that same jury will make a sentencing recommendation to the judge which the judge will likely follow. The jury cannot suspend time. If itís a trial without a jury, then the judge becomes the fact finder and determines guilt or innocence. If the judge finds you guilty, unlike a jury, he has discretion when sentencing to suspend jail time. It should be noted that even if you decide to waive a jury trial, the prosecution still has the option of not waiving and can force you to take your case to a jury.