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Preparing for Your Meeting With Your Criminal Defense Attorney

You have been accused of a crime and you are meeting with your criminal defense attorney for the first time. You are probably a little nervous, especially if you have never been in trouble with the law before. What do you say? What do you do?

When you have been accused of a crime, your future is at stake. Even a misdemeanor such as drunk driving can lead to significant penalties under Michigan law. This means you need to take your meeting with your lawyer seriously. Here is how to best prepare so your criminal defense attorney can fight your case and get you the best possible outcome. 

Gather All Documentation

Bring important documents to your meeting, such as anything related to your criminal charges. This includes criminal complaints, upcoming court dates, bail papers, orders of protection, and anything showing your prior criminal history (if applicable). Photos and videos can also serve as evidence. If you have information leading to the incident, bring that as well. The more information you can provide, the better. 

Bring Witness Contact Information

If there are any witnesses, bring their contact information with you, such as names and phone numbers. Their testimony can be valuable for your case and even prove your innocence.

Have a List of Questions

Obviously, you should jot down any questions you have for the lawyer. You may be concerned about the process, so getting the information you need may make you feel better. Some possible questions to ask include:

  • What is your lawyer’s level of expertise with cases like yours?
  • What problems does your lawyer have with your case?
  • What are your options?
  • How long will the case take?
  • How much does your lawyer charge?

Be Prepared to Provide Your Personal/Business Background

Your attorney will want to know more about you and your background. Where did you grow up? What do you do for a living? Do you have a criminal history? The answers to these questions can help your lawyer fight your case. 

Answer Questions About the Incident

Your lawyer will also need you to answer questions about the crime in the question so they can best serve you. For example, be prepared to answer questions such as the following:

  • What did you do?
  • Were others involved?
  • What did you say to others?
  • Where did the police arrest you?
  • What did the police say to you?
  • What did the police do during and after your arrest?

Contact Our Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys

After a run-in with the law, preparation is the best way to get a favorable outcome. Provide your lawyer with all the information they need so they can best fight your case. 

The criminal defense lawyers at Lucido & Manzella, P.C. can help you during your time of legal need. If you have been accused of a crime in Michigan, our experienced criminal defense team will provide you with the representation you need. To schedule a consultation, call (586) 228-3900 or fill out the online form.

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