You have an old criminal conviction from more than 25 years ago and you are wondering will the defense be able to bring that up in your Maryland medical malpractice trial. Or better yet, you are wondering is there a way to try and stop the defense from delving into issues which are totally irrelevant to the issues at hand. The short and simple answer to this question is yes.
One way in which attorneys can prevent irrelevant or highly prejudicial issues from coming into trial is by filing a motion in limine. In complex matters this motion should be filed in writing and filed with the clerk of court, to be argued before the trial judge if at all possible.
Essentially, in a motion in limine you are asking the trial judge to prevent certain issues from being mentioned before the trier of fact. What this does is forces the trial to stay on track and focus on for example, the more relevant issues.
If you think that you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Maryland but are afraid some of your “past” may hurt your case, and you would like to speak with us more on this, we invite you to pick up the phone and give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.