The time immediately following any type of criminal arrest seems to fly by as you and your loved ones struggle to maintain normalcy while preparing for your upcoming hearing. When the time to attend court arrives, it is not unusual for a person to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and completely unprepared. Regardless of how many times you have gone to court for a traffic ticket or any other type of offense, it never becomes any easier. Fortunately, knowing a few ways to prepare for your criminal hearing can make the process a bit more manageable.
Avoid Further Incrimination
From the moment you are arrested until the time your hearing is over, you must be sure that you do not further incriminate yourself. While it is natural for a person who is being arrested to make unwise statements out of fear, confusion, or under the mistaken belief that they will be able to talk their way out of their arrest once you are released, there is no reason to speak with the police. Make sure you allow your lawyer to speak to the police on your behalf and make sure your loved ones do not talk to the police or gossip about your case. The time leading up to your hearing is when the prosecution is most concerned with building a case against you, and you do not want to do anything that helps them.