The assistance you provide to your attorney is as important as the assistance she provides to you.
1. Give Your Attorney All of the Information You Have Regarding Your Case
Your attorney is not the person to keep information from. She must be prepared for any issue that could come up in your case. If your attorney gets blind-sided by new evidence the consequences could be dire.
2. Give Your Attorney Names and Phone Numbers of Witnesses
When you give your attorney names and phone numbers of witnesses your case investigation can start early. Your attorney can get witness statements before they have time to change any parts of their story.
3. Hire an Attorney Early
The more time your attorney has your case, the better. Hiring an attorney a couple of days before court minimizes your attorney's preparation time.
4. Understand the Statutes You are Charged With
Have your attorney explain the statute(s) you are charged with. If you understand what is required for the State to prove, you understand how your defense must be built. For example, if you understand a speeding statute does not require intent, you also understand the defense "I didn't mean to speed" is not a defense. But challenging the mechanism in which your speed was recorded, may be.
5. Do Not Contact Witnesses
Do not contact witnesses yourself or through a third party. You could expose yourself to witness tampering. And as your Miranda warnings state: Anything you say, can and WILL be used against you in a court of law.
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