How do you draft a witness statement?


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To draft a witness statement, ensure you address the statement to the proper judge and use proper title, and be honest in your statement, says The Law Dictionary. Start off by introducing yourself and letting the judge know you are fully aware of the charges pending against the defendant. Discuss how long you've known the defendant, provide examples any good deeds the defendant has performed, and conclude by summarizing why the sentence or incarceration would be harmful for the defendant.

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Adding more detail to your letter, you want to discuss what the defendant does to be a good provider for his family, or how he's devoted to his family in other ways, notes The Law Dictionary. Provide examples when possible, being truthful the entire time.

At the conclusion of your letter, talk about the pending sentence and why it has the potential to affect the defendant negatively, both now and in the future. Express concerns about how the sentence may negatively affect the defendant's job, family and life. Provide an explanation as to why you believe the defendant his learned from his mistake, the steps he's taken to turn his life around and why you believe the defendant is unlikely to make the same mistake again, says The Law Dictionary.

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