What would be just reasons to bifurcate 2 co-defendents?

What are advantages of seperating the case?

Asked on March 22, 2012 under Criminal Law, California


Richard Southard / Law Office of Richard Southard

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There are so many variables that affect this decision that it is difficult to answer without knowing the facts unique to your situation.  The biggest advantage is that there is less chance of guilt by association.  If there is incredibly strong evidence against the co-defendant and a weak case against you, you do not want to be convicted based on the strength of the case against the co-deft. 

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