Can the Defense Attorney Intimidate or Harass Me in a Deposition?

Chris Finney, Trial Attorney

Deposition Misconduct

When we talk about how an attorney’s conduct is during a deposition they cannot harass you, they cannot intimidate you. Harassment is grounds to cease a deposition immedicably. The rules provide for that.

The lawyer for the party being deposed if they have a reasonable belief and other personal injury lawyer is bulling, intimidating or harassing the other party’s client they can cease the deposition and end it right there.

How Will I Know the Defense Attorney is Harassing Me?

So the question and the issue becomes, when is it technically

  • strong cross-examination
  • bulling
  • intimidation or
  • harassment

The answer is when what is happening is just so far outside the boundaries of cross-examination that what they are saying is not right, what is going on here is wrong?

That requires some attorney experience, some nuance and some understanding of what’s going on and how different pieces of evidence can be used.

To do that you have to have experience and know if that information is being used for impeachment material not as harassment or, they’re bringing in some other information that’s purely to intimidate and harass the witness.

That is grounds to terminate the deposition right then and there and put on the record the reasons why you’re terminating the deposition.

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Some car accident or semi trucking accident claims are settled out of court and never require a deposition to take place. But, if the settlement offer is simply not sufficient to allow you to move on with your life, we will argue your case in front of a judge and jury. Contact Finney Injury Law today if you need a St. Louis car accident lawyer with experience, knowledge, and compassion. 314-293-4222

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