You’ve been arrested for a crime and your trial is fast approaching. You may be nervous about what will happen next and unsure of what you can do to prepare. Here are some things to keep in mind and how a Denver criminal defense lawyer can help reduce the chances that you will face jail time.
Let Your Lawyer Do the Talking
The right to remain silent still applies throughout the duration of your criminal trial and it is absolutely in your best interest to continue exercising it. Do not speak to anyone about your case unless you have explicitly been directed to by your attorney.
Most of the time, it is in a defendant’s best interest not to testify in their own case. However, if your lawyer believes that your testimony will bolster your defense, follow their instructions on what to say and when to the letter.
Decide How To Present Yourself
Even if you aren’t talking at your trial, the judge and jury will still be paying attention to what you’re saying with your appearance and body language. Before the trial, work with your lawyer to decide how you will present yourself in court.
Ask your lawyer what to wear and if you should make any other changes to your appearance, such as removing fashion colors and your hair and putting clear retainers in any facial piercings.
Create a Plan For the Worst-Case Scenario
There’s an old saying that goes, “hope for the best but plan for the worst,” and it’s particularly applicable in this scenario. Ask your attorney what the likely outcome is as well as what the worst possible outcome could be.
Decide what you might do if you are incarcerated, ordered to pay fines, or if your license is suspended. If none of these things happen, you will be no worse off for having a contingency plan in place. But if you haven’t considered your options for a less than ideal verdict ahead of time, you could be blindsided just before you are taken into custody and you no longer have the opportunity to do anything at all.Get Help From a Veteran Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
Your future depends on the quality of your criminal defense lawyer. Contact Denver Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer Richard B. Huttner today for a consultation by calling (303) 981-6366.