Litigation Lawyers in Brown Deer
Civil depositions occur during Brown Deer, Wisconsin civil litigation, as part of the discovery process.
"Discovery" is a process that occurs before a trial in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. During the discovery process, both sides are required to make relevant information available to each other.
In Brown Deer, Wisconsin, one way to obtain relevant evidence is to ask people involved in the dispute (both parties and witnesses) about their knowledge of the matter. This is done through a civil deposition. It is essentially a question and answer session between a lawyer, and a witness or party to the action. A lawyer for the other side is present, as well as a court reporter or videographer. The lawyer asks questions of the person being deposed, who must answer them under oath.
Conducting A Civil Deposition in Brown Deer, Wisconsin
Depositions in Brown Deer, Wisconsin serve a very important purpose: acquiring testimony on the record, and admitted as evidence, when there is some reason to suspect that the witness won't be able to appear in court during trial, because of health, potential incarceration, or any other reason.
It should not be any surprise, then, that civil depositions in Brown Deer, Wisconsin can go on for a very long time. If you are called to appear in a deposition in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, this can be a major headache.
To mitigate this, the law of Brown Deer, Wisconsin usually entitles people being deposed to reimbursement. They can be compensated for travel expenses, lodging, and a can be given a small amount of money simply for their time. However, this is meant to be reimbursement for the time and expense incurred in attending a deposition, and it is most definitely not payment for the witness to give testimony that's favorable to one side or the other.
In Brown Deer, Wisconsin depositions, everyone being deposed is under oath. This means that you are legally and morally obligated to answer every question truthfully. If you deliberately misrepresent your knowledge (lie), you are guilty of perjury. And if you're caught, you could end up facing jail time and/or some very steep fines.
How Can A Brown Deer, Wisconsin Lawyer Help?
If you are directly involved in a lawsuit in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, and have to appear at a deposition, you should already be represented by a lawyer. It goes without saying that you should do whatever they advise you to do during the deposition.
If you are not a party to the case, but are subpoenaed to testify in a deposition, you should at least consult with a Brown Deer, Wisconsin attorney, who can advise you on how to proceed.