CREDIBILITY - PRIOR CONVICTION OF A WITNESS Model Jury charge NJ
You have heard evidence that [name of witness(es)] has [have] previously been convicted of [a] crime[s]. This evidence may be only used in determining the credibility or believability of [these] witness' [witnesses’] testimony.
A jury has a right to consider whether a person who has previously failed to comply with society's rules as demonstrated through [a] criminal conviction(s) would be more likely to ignore the oath requiring truthfulness on the witness stand than a person who has never been convicted of a crime. You may consider in determining this issue the nature and degree of the prior conviction[s] and when it [they] occurred.
You are not, however, obligated to change your opinion as to the credibility of this [these] witness[es] simply because of [a] prior conviction[s]. You may consider such evidence along with all the other factors we previously discussed in determining credibility of a witness.