There are many lawyers to choose from, with 1.3 million in the United States alone. When you are facing criminal charges, you want to make sure you have the best one. Here are some things to watch out for during your criminal defense litigation.
Don’t call the police without your lawyer present. This is a mistake because the police are not your friends.
They are responsible for investigating and recording everything you say and charging you with something. Sometimes your words will be twisted against you and you can end up incriminating yourself.
Don’t reach out to the judge personally with a letter. The problem here is that, when the judge reads the letter, he is required to make the letter a part of public record and evidence. The district attorney is very likely to use this as evidence against you. Go through your defense attorney.
Do not show up to the courthouse unprepared. If you come underdressed to the court, the judges take into consideration how you act and dress, and can consider it a sign of disrespect in the future. Don’t let the judge or district attorney have any more reason to make you look bad.
Talk these points over with your attorney before a court appearance. This can help you win your case and stay out of prison.