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4 Things You Can Do to Prepare For Your Criminal Trial

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose criminal defense attorneyIt is normal to feel a little bit nervous before your appearance in court because of criminal charges. It is important to properly prepare yourself for trial because judges will not take kindly to a defendant who is not acting properly or who comes unprepared. Preparing for a criminal trial is not difficult, but it does require some prior planning. Here are a few ways you can get ready for your criminal trial:

1. Prepare Your Evidence

One of the most crucial pieces of your defense is the evidence that you bring to the trial that supports your claim of innocence. Evidence can be in two forms: witness testimony and exhibits. Witnesses can be people who keep records relevant to the case, experts who are qualified to give an opinion about a certain part of the case or any other person who has relevant information about the case. Exhibits are items that support your side of the case. These things can include documents or other objects used to prove your point or disprove the other side’s point, records or photographs. Your attorney will be able to help you prepare the evidence. 

2. Prepare Your Testimony

You should also practice what you will say when the judge asks you to present your side of the case. Your attorney will help you with preparing what you should and should not say during your time on the stand. Your lawyer may advise you to refrain from certain things or to speak up about certain points. You should remember that whatever you say can always be used against you.

3. Plan Your Trip in Advance

If there is one thing that looks bad at a criminal trial is when the defendant is late. Judges do not take to tardiness very well, and while it will definitely not help your case at all, it can even damage your case. Arriving late shows that you do not care about the trial or the trouble that you are in. Plan your trip in advance and leave your house early so you can arrive at the courthouse with time to spare.

4. Pick Out Your Outfit the Night Before

Another thing you can do to hurt your chances at a successful outcome is to come dressed like a bum. It is human nature to make judgments based on visual observations, which is why a judge could form an unfavorable opinion of you just based on your outfit. Both men and women should avoid sweatpants and try to avoid jeans. If you must wear jeans, make sure they are a dark wash. Men should wear a button-down shirt with a tie and women should wear a nice blouse with slacks or a dress.

Have You Been Charged With a Felony or Misdemeanor Crime?

Being in legal trouble can be stressful for anyone -- and for good reason. Being in trouble with the law can change your life forever if you are convicted and can affect your life even if you are not convicted. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime, you need the help of an experienced and tenacious San Jose, CA criminal defense attorney. At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we have experience dealing with all sorts of criminal cases, including those involving violent crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes and DUI. Contact our office today to see how we can help you fight your charges. Call the office at 408-246-5500 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1094.htm

https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/files/C9D2EA3F-0350-D9AF-ACAE-BF37E9BC9FFA/attachments/392541D4-E185-CAA9-028E-45925FFDD37B/3210en_getting-ready-for-a-hearing.pdf

https://www.lawhelp.org/files/1814550B-B14C-5F28-66B9-295AF39C97B1/attachments/8ABA4F60-5E8C-4CE6-BE9C-A45505791860/preparing-for-court.pdf

 

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