After all the evidence is heard, the lawyers present closing statements to the jury. Closing statements are an opportunity for the Massachusetts OUI attorney to argue to the jury why they should find you not guilty. To summarize the flaws in the field sobriety tests, that the officer overstated the significance of the traffic infractions and that the officer overlooked signs showing your sobriety.
There are many theories of trial advocacy regarding which part of the trial is the most important. While every part of the trial is critical, the closing statement is a Massachusetts OUI lawyer’s last opportunity to persuade the jury and presents an opportunity to persuade undecided jurors to return a not guilty verdict.
The closing statement is also an opportunity to provide an explanation of the standard of proof at a criminal trial, proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Given that an OUI trial in Massachusetts is typically short, one day long and sometimes only several hours, the closing statement provides an opportunity to emphasize favorable testimony and to provide the jury with a reason to return a not guilty verdict.
Once closing statements are completed, the judge instructions the jury on the law and the jury is sent back to the jury room to deliberate.