My lawyer is insisting I do this PSI BEFORE my trial date &i don't think it's a good idea?
A PSI is a presentence investigation, which is used when the court sentences someone convicted of a crime. Since you have an attorney, you should discuss this with him/her.
It's called a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) because it precedes a sentencing hearing. It's a report that the judge can refer to in order to assist him or her in deciding on an appropriate sentence. You need to consult with your attorney regarding this matter and whether this is something he or she wants prior to trial (highly unlikely) or prior to sentencing (likely).
If you are planning to proceed to trial on the charges, you should sit down with your attorney and get an answer to your questions about why this should be done at this time and how it helps your case. Customarily a PSI is ordered only after the entry of a guilty plea or a conviction at trial so this sounds premature. Even though it is confidential by law, the information you are required to provide might have implications for the trial so you need to discuss this with your attorney. If you still do not understand why your attorney thinks this is a good idea, you are always free to get another opinion. Even if you have a court appointed attorney you can ask for a different one if you have disagreements about your case and the way it is being handled. Talk to your attorney first and then proceed from there if your concerns remain.
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