If you face criminal charges and it looks like your case will go to trial, you must be prepared. While it is not quite your only opportunity to fight the charges and clear your name, it may be your only chance in a long time.
While you may be able to challenge an unfavorable court decision in the future, you will likely spend a considerable amount of time in jail while you wait to do it. So, the best thing is to maximize your chances of a successful outcome the first time around by ensuring you prepare.
How do you prepare for your trial?
First off, you do not try to do it alone. Attempting to defend yourself makes it far easier for a prosecutor to get the result they desire. Getting experienced legal help from a California criminal defense attorney will be crucial. There is a lot to understand, both about how trials work and how the law works in relation to the crime with which you are charged. Here are some other things to consider:
- Understand the narrative against you: Why are you being charged with this particular crime? What evidence do the police and prosecution have to back up their theory? You can participate more fully in your own defense when you better understand the charges.
- Get your story straight: Changing what you say will weaken your case. Determine what you want to say (and if you want to say anything at all) and stick to it.
- Get people to back you up: Witnesses may be crucial to your defense. Select them carefully.
- Practice: The prosecution will do all they can to throw you off and make your look dishonest. If you intend to testify, you need to know what to expect and how to handle it.
Naturally, you want the best possible outcome if you face criminal charges. An experienced attorney will thoroughly look at all the evidence and develop the best strategy to help you.