If you’ve been arrested and are scheduled to appear in court, the actions you take before your court date can affect your criminal defense case. The prosecution may be able to use bad behavior against you when they present their case. To fully prepare yourself, there are several do’s and don’ts to follow before you enter the courtroom.
Take notes on all interactions with law enforcement and other involved parties.
This includes dates, times, and names. If possible, get the law enforcement officer’s badge number and their supervisor’s name. Take notes on what was said in conversations and keep a record of related emails and text messages. All of this information will help your attorney build a strong criminal defense case for you.
Tell your attorney the truth at all times.
Your attorney is representing you in court. In order to thoroughly prepare your case, you should always tell them the truth. Leaving out details can prevent your criminal defense attorney from using all available legal options to build your case. If you can’t recall some information, let your attorney know.
Post on social media sites.
Resist the temptation to post anything on social media sites. Comments and pictures can be used against you by the prosecuting attorney. Don’t respond to posts, and avoid retweeting posts from family or friends. The prosecution may try to use them as incriminating evidence.
Ask someone to lie on your behalf.
Never ask anyone to provide false information on your behalf. It’s illegal and doing so can bring on additional criminal charges against you. Likewise, the person who lies for you can be charged too. False testimony and other fraudulent statements can also make it harder to prove your innocence in a criminal defense case.
When you need a criminal defense attorney to help build your case, contact M Dan Mason Attorney in Meadville, PA. He has provided professional legal services to the residents of Crawford County foe nearly 40 years. His extensive experience in a wide range of areas will ensure that you get expert representation. From criminal defense cases and DUIs to wills and property damages, Attorney Mason will be your trusted advocate. Call (814) 724-2535 to schedule a private consultation. Visit his website to learn more about his services.