Accused of a Crime? Here’s Some Advice from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, if you’ve been charged with a crime, you need to be prepared for what comes next. In this brief article, a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa will offer some advice to defendants on how to prepare for the legal process. Remember, the first rule is that you should never settle for an inferior defense. For a free consultation with the criminal defense lawyers at The Rickman Law Firm, please visit our website

Learn More About the Crime You’ve Been Accused of (Within Reason) 

When it comes to researching your case, it’s good to get a better understanding of your basic rights and the type of crime you’ve been accused of. However, we have to stress that you should not focus on any of the case law aspects. In fact, if you go too far down the rabbit hole researching the legal aspects of your type of case, it can be a slippery slope. To learn about your basic rights, do some research. For a better understanding of the legal system and the laws related to your case, speak with our experienced criminal defense law attorneys in Tampa.    

Keep a Journal of Relevant Notes

We have discussed this underrated tip before, but it’s worth a refresher course. Although a criminal defense attorney can provide you with legal advice, one way to provide your attorney with better insight is to keep an accurate account of everything that transpired on the day or night in question. Memories can fade with time, so we encourage our clients to keep a journal dedicated to any relevant information related to their case. Who knows, this information could end up being the difference between your freedom or imprisonment. 

Know How to Behave

While the preparation before a trial is critical, the defendant’s conduct during legal proceedings could determine their fate. There are a variety of fundamental things you should do when appearing in front of a judge, including dressing appropriately, showing up on time, and having the right attitude. Although these seem to be common knowledge, you’d be amazed by how many people get them wrong. We stress this often to our clients, but having the right outlook can make all of the diffence. 

Partner with an Experienced Attorney

There are a myriad of benefits you can enjoy when you partner with the right criminal defense lawyer. Ideally, you’ll want to partner with someone who understands the legal system and your options. You also should prefer a professional who is extremely familiar with trial proceedings. Lastly, you’ll want an advocate in your corner that can provide you with not only valuable defense strategy advice but also support during this challenging time. 

If you have been accused of a crime, speak with an attorney who has experience successfully representing clients in both federal and state legal proceedings. Consult Anthony Rickman of The Rickman Law Firm today. 

For a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation. 

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