Prepping For Your Criminal Court Case
After being arrested and charged with one or more crimes, you may feel shaken and not sure how to proceed. Feeling overwhelmed is natural, especially when faced with the real possibility that you're facing prison time. Still, preparing for court and your trial is vital if you want to give yourself the best shot at remaining free. These suggestions can help put you in a better position for facing court when your date comes up.
Be Honest With Your Attorney
When seeking out or partnering up with a criminal defense attorney, you might tell them about your current situation. However, some people omit details or conceal other problems — either because they're embarrassed, trying to hide something, or just don't think other details are relevant.
However, your lawyer can only represent you well when they have all the information. Even if you're not sure if something is related to the situation, tell them about it. If you're hiding addictions or other crimes, let them know. Otherwise, they could be blindsided in court by the prosecuting attorneys; that could weaken your case.
Avoid Problematic Contacts
There could be people in your immediate family or friend circle that were involved in the crime you were arrested for. There could be others who might act as witnesses at the trial. You may want to drop by their home to discuss things with them or ask them what they'll say. However, fight that urge. Not only could this lead to arguments and negative feelings for everyone involved, interacting with them could present additional legal problems for you. Keep your social circle small and ask your lawyer which people are safe to talk with.
Get Help for Any Addictions
If you have a problem with drinking or street or prescription drugs, now is the time to get help for that problem. Not only will it help you handle the stress of the current situation, but it will reflect on you positively when you make your first court appearance.
Seeking mental health assistance will also reflect positively on you, but it has other benefits too. A good therapist will help you process your fear and discomfort and give you healthy coping techniques that could prove helpful as you wait for court and deal with the inevitable aftermath.
With these tips, you can be better prepared and ready for your appearance in court. Your lawyer will have additional guidance for you along the way so that you can face your trial as confidently as possible. Contact a criminal defense lawyer for more information.