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When giving a deposition, follow these important tips

A deposition is an important part of many legal proceedings. Generally, it consists of oral or written questions that an attorney asks a witness out of court in preparation for a case. Since it can have a significant impact on the outcome of a trial, it's essential for those giving a deposition to take it very seriously. Part of that means being properly prepared for it.

When giving a deposition, you should be sure to:

Present yourself well - Even though you won't be in court before a judge and jury, you should still plan to dress appropriately to show that you are taking it seriously and demonstrating respect toward those who are questioning you.

Take your time - To ensure that you are giving the correct answers, think the questions over carefully before responding. Also, since depositions can be long, it's okay to ask for a break if you need one.

Tell the whole truth - In most cases, you'll be under oath, so it's important not to lie during a deposition. Failing to tell the truth can often lead to more trouble than simply answering the questions fully and accurately. Additionally, don't exclude any part of the truth. It's best to assume that the person questioning you already has the answers and will know when you are telling a lie.

As always, if you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State - of if you have been subpoenaed for a deposition - you should consult an experienced New Hampshire criminal attorney who can help you prepare, ensure that your rights are protected and look out for your best interests throughout the entire process.

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