If I’ve Been Charged with a Crime, Why Is a Trial by Jury Important?


John Henry Wigmore (1863-1943)

John Henry Wigmore

Why is Trial by Jury Important

Houston Criminal Defense Attorneys James Sullivan and Associates have practiced criminal defense law for over 45 years and have represented over 3,000 clients.  They defend people charged with all types of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanor assault to felony aggravated robbery.  They get results (see Trial Case Results above).  They recommend trial by jury in most cases to get the best result possible.  As John Henry Wigmore wrote in 1929, “the jury…adjusts the general rule of law to the justice to the particular case”, i.e. the jury can bring justice in a case where the law itself does not allow it.

Law and justice are from time to time inevitably in conflict. . . . The jury . . . adjusts the general rule of law to the justice to the particular case. Thus the odium of inflexible rules of law is avoided, and popular satisfaction is preserved . . . That is what jury trial does. It supplies that flexibility of legal rules which is essential to justice and popular contentment. ~John Henry Wigmore, American jurist, 20th century

A jury nullification in a trial occurs when a jury reaches a verdict contrary to the judge’s instructions as to the law.  This is just one of several reasons a trial by jury in criminal cases is preferred.

Attorney James Sullivan is is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law (see Juvenile Crime). Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice. The other 27 such lawyers work for the government.

If you or a loved one need a Houston criminal attorney, contact James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a confidential consultation. Sullivan gets proven results in misdemeanor and felony criminal and juvenile cases in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Sullivan attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers association.

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