Here are suggestions for how to help your lawyer help you while your case is pending.
Make a list of names with contact information of anyone you think your lawyer or investigator should interview. This includes witnesses who saw or heard the event leading to your charges, personal references who are upstanding members of community, and witnesses who know something about the person making accusations against you.
Taking care of yourself.
Your lawyer will take care of the legal matters; you have to take care of your mental, physical and emotional health. Facing criminal charges can be very stressful for you and for your family. Now is a good time to evaluate your health: Are you eating well and exercising? Your pre-trial release agreement probably prohibits you from alcohol but if it doesn't, consider not drinking during this time. Counseling can help give you stress management strategies. Your lawyer may have a good working relationship with counselors in your town - ask your lawyer for a referral to someone they trust. Your lawyer needs you to be at your best so that you can help him or her help yourself.
Be sure to show up for all appointments and court appearances. If your lawyer asks you to obtain some information, such as your medical records, make it a priority to do so. Also be sure to keep your lawyer in the loop if you move, change phone numbers, or have any other type of police contact. Obety the conditions of your pre-trial release agreement. You want your lawyer to spend time working on your case, not having to negotiate to get you back out of custody when you violate your release conditions.
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