Civil Depositions in Racine, Wisconsin

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Civil depositions occur during Racine, Wisconsin civil litigation, as part of the discovery process.

"Discovery" is a process that occurs before a trial in Racine, Wisconsin. During the discovery process, both sides are required to make relevant information available to each other.

In Racine, Wisconsin, one way to get relevant evidence is to ask individuals 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 Racine, Wisconsin

Depositions are normally conducted in Racine, Wisconsin if a person's testimony will take several days, or more, to deliver. By doing this before a trial, the jury can be presented just with the testimony that turns out to be relevant, saving everybody a good deal of time. It is also useful if there is any reason to suspect that the witness will be unable to show up in court.

Racine, Wisconsin civil depositions can go on for a long time - occasionally going for a week or more. If you get subpoenaed to give your testimony in a Racine, Wisconsin civil deposition, this could prove to be incredibly inconvenient.

To help deal with this fact, Racine, Wisconsin allows witnesses who are being deposed to be compensated for their time. They can be reimbursed for lodging, travel expenses, and given a small amount of money for their time. Remember, however, that this money is most definitely NOT conditioned on the witness giving testimony that's beneficial to one side, and omitting information that's unfavorable. This would be bribery, and it is highly illegal.

In Racine, 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 Racine, Wisconsin Lawyer Help?

If you are the defendant or plaintiff in a lawsuit, chances are good that you'll have to appear in a deposition. You should, by this point, already be represented by a Racine, Wisconsin civil litigation attorney. You should do whatever they tell you to do (unless, of course, they tell you to lie, in which case you should find a new lawyer).

If, on the other hand, you're not directly immersed in the case, but have been subpoenaed to appear in a deposition as a witness in Racine, Wisconsin, you may not need to hire a lawyer. The lawyers for both sides will probably prep you for the deposition, giving you an idea of what to expect.

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Life in Racine

Racine is located in Racine County, Wisconsin. It is well-recognized because of its location being near to popular sites such as the beautiful Lake Michigan, Root River, Milwaukee and Chicago.

Popular attractions include the Wind Point Lighthouse, S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building and Research Tower, Racine Zoological Gardens, Thomas P. Hardy House, and Historic Horlick Field.

Famous celebrity athletes from Racine include Bob Foster, Steve Hanson, Don Heinkel, Ed Killian, Jesse Marsch, Brent Moss, Leo Murphy, Alex Scales, Tim Van Galder and Al Zupek.

Racine is also home to many attorneys who actively practice and are capable of handling the legal needs of residents and local businesses. Thus, no one has to travel far from Racine to have their legal needs taken care of.

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