In any kind of legal matter there are procedural guidelines that must be followed. Any time evidence is involved in a case, there are particular evidence rules that describe how evidence can be introduced, what kind of evidence can be produced, and what evidentiary objections can be applied. If you do not precisely follow these rules, the judge has full authority to exclude your evidence from being considered in a ruling.
The rules that govern evidentiary matters can be complicated, which is why it is best that you consult with an attorney before presenting anything to a judge. Even if you do not retain an attorney to present your case in front of a judge, consulting with an attorney on the general issues of your case is always a good idea to ensure you are as prepared as you can be for your day in court. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the process, let you know what to expect, and make recommendations on how you should present your case.
Once you lose a hearing or get an unfavorable report from a judge, you may not be able to appeal or will have to endure a complicated appeals process, which will likely require an attorney’s assistance. Make sure you do everything you can to get your case right the first time around by seeking the advice of an experienced attorney before stepping in front of a judge.
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