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How to Prepare Yourself for Trial

Uh oh. You’ve hired a lawyer and paid hard earned money for legal services. Attempts at dismissal of the case have failed, and there is no negotiated plea that you find acceptable. There is now no choice left, but to set the case for trial and leave the decision of guilt to the judge or jury. Your lawyer tells you to just meet him in court and he’ll do the rest on the day of trial. You’re worried.

Each case is different and the level of difficulty of each case is similarly different. So there are some minor type cases that do not really require much preparation on the part of the client or attorney before trial. But for the most part, preparation is at least a good idea, if not a vital requirement. The attorney may have done hundreds or thousands of this type of case before, and may even enjoy “shooting from the hip" like a gunslinger in the Old West. But you, the client, only get one shot. You can’t reload. You can’t ask for another chance. So, this may make you uncomfortable. If so, tell your lawyer. Tell your lawyer that you would like to come in to the office to review the file and get some pointers from him or her about how the trial will work. After all, you have probably never taken part in a trial before. You need to know when to speak, how to speak, what to wear, where to sit, and how to act. These are not just picky things. These are considerations that can sometimes make or break a case and mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.

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Because every case is different, proper consultation and strategy with a knowledgeable attorney can often make a significant difference in the outcome. Criminal and traffic charges, regardless of whether they are charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, require careful planning to achieve the desired result. So speak to an experienced attorney before you take the next step.

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