Ten Do's and Don'ts For Your Criminal Case

Ten Do's and Don'ts For Your Criminal Case

1) DO be polite and respectful when you are pulled over, stopped, or questioned by legal authorities. Only give them basic information such as your name, address and phone number.

2) DO NOT ever speak to any legal authorities without your attorney present. Respectfully decline to answer any questions and politely say "I wish to remain silent until I have spoken with my attorney." Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you in court. Even if you think your statements are helpful-you never know how they may be used.

3) DO ask questions when you meet with your attorney for the first time. Ask them about their experience, background and everything you need to feel comfortable in your decision to hire that attorney.

4) DO hire an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you obtain legal representation, the earlier they can begin building a strong defense for your case.

5) DO tell your attorney everything! When you hold back information from your attorney about this case or any other cases you have pending the person you are hurting the most is yourself. No one likes a surprise in court-least of all your attorney. They are there to protect you, so if they do not have all the facts it may affect the outcome of your case.

6) DO give your attorney all your contact information in case they have to get a hold of you about your legal matter. If you get a new phone number or address-it is imperative that you always update your attorney with the new information in case they need to update you on your case or let you know important dates that may be coming up in the future.

7) DO NOT post information about your case on any social media sites. All of the information posted to sites like Twitter, Face Book or Snap chat can be used against you in a court of law. These sites are considered public domain, and you never know who may be watching and keeping track of what you post on these sites.

8) DO give your attorney any and all documentation having to do with your case. You never know what bit of information may come in handy.

9) DO NOT discuss your legal matters over the phone if you are in jail-you never know who may be listening. Also-if you are in jail-do not discuss your case with other inmates. Other inmates may try to "buy their way out" of their legal case by sharing with prosecutors what you shared with them.

10) DO NOT discuss the details of your case with your family and friends. They may be curious and ask questions, but if are they called as a witness they may be forced to testify about matters you discussed.


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