Tips for Preparing Your Defense with Help from Your Criminal Lawyer

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What You Should Do to Prepare for Your Criminal Case

If you have a criminal case, then it’s important for you to hire an attorney. A good attorney will greatly increase your chances of winning your case. However, it is also important for you to prepare to meet with your criminal attorney. Here are some things that you can do to help your attorney.

Avoid Posting Anything on Social Media

Posting about your case on social media is one of the worst things that you can do. You never know who may be watching your social media account after you’ve been charged with a crime, and they may try to use anything that you say against you. Don’t say anything about your charges, arrest, or the case. You may also want to avoid liking posts, checking into certain places, and writing comments. Criminal investigators are known for looking at people’s social media accounts

Keep in mind that putting your page in a private mode will not necessarily help you. Your family members and friends can screenshot what you put on your page and share it with other people. It may actually be best for you to deactivate your social media until your case is over.

Prepare to Answer Questions From Your Attorney

The goal of an attorney is to get as much information about your case as possible so that they can see how they can best help you. They may ask you some of the following questions.

  • Was there anyone else involved in the alleged crime?
  • Where were you arrested?
  • What did the police officers tell you when they were arresting you?
  • What happened before, during, and after the arrest?
  • How did the officers treat you when they were arresting you?

There may be additional questions that your attorney asks. However, if you already know the answers to the common questions and have gone through the effort of going over everything in your mind before you meet with them, then your consultation will go a lot more smoothly.

Prepare a List of Questions for Your Criminal Attorney

Your Arizona lawyer will ask you a lot of questions about your case. However, it may be just as important for you to prepare a list of questions to ask your attorney. Below is a list of some questions that you may want to ask your attorney.

  • Is there any additional information that I need to prepare to help my case go forward?
  • How many cases have you handled that were similar to mine?
  • What can you specifically do in order to help my case?
  • What are some of the options that I have?
  • How will my case likely end?
  • How much will I have to pay?
  • Who else will be helping with my case?

Have All of the Necessary Documents

You need to come prepared with all of the necessary documents. Personal contact information, hospital reports, police reports, indictments, property search papers, court dates, bail paperwork, and information about your professional and personal background are just some of the things that you may need to bring with you when you meet with an attorney. It’s a good idea to make copies of all of the documents that you will be giving your attorney.

Write Down Details About Your Case

The more information you can provide about the event, the more you will be able to help your attorney. Include details about the people, any weapons used, the time of the day the event occurred, and where it occurred. If someone was injured, then you should provide details of the injury. Make sure your notes indicate language that it is your attorney, so you can preserve the attorney – client privilege.  Trying to provide as clear and broad a picture of the incident as possible may help your case immensely.

Gather Your Witnesses

Witnesses can strengthen your case. Write down their contact information if they are willing to speak on your behalf. If there is someone who may have information that can damage you and your case, then you can also give their contact information to the attorney, if you know it. Keep in mind that your witnesses may be called upon to testify in court, whether their story agrees with your telling of events or not.

If you need a criminal defense attorney, then you should get in touch with Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law. He will make sure that your case is handled the correct way. He will represent you in court and help your case have the best outcome possible.

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