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.
Any evidence that you have obtained to clear your name or help reduce your charges is useless unless it makes its way in front of a judge. This is why it is important to organize and protect any evidence that you have obtained since your arrest or citation. Your evidence could be photographs or videos of conditions at a traffic stop or accident, the testimony of a witness, copies of a recent vehicle repair, or even proof that you were not at a location where a crime you are accused of participating occurred. No matter what you are being charged with, it is always advisable to organize your evidence so that it is easy to present and does not get misplaced prior to your hearing.
Meet with Your Attorney
Before an attorney can adequately represent you in court, he or she needs to meet with you so that you can discuss the facts surrounding your case. Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may need to ask you questions about the police report, accident report, or need documents from you that are crucial to proving your evidence. If you have a previous arrest record or relevant criminal history, your attorney will need information on that since your past could affect his or her ability to reduce your charges or obtain a dismissal.
Brassel Alexander, LLC
The outcome of your criminal hearing should never be taken for granted. If you have recently been charged with a crime, it is important to retain a qualified criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity. The legal team at Brassel Alexander, LLC are experienced at handling all kinds of cases and are here to provide you with zealous legal representation. Contact our Annapolis, Maryland location at 443-837-9800 to schedule an initial consultation today.