If you have been charged with a serious crime, like sexual assault, you will have your day in court. It’s important to be mentally prepared for this significant date. It’s also critical that you know how to conduct yourself in the courtroom. The first step is to hire an experienced sexual assault defense attorney in Tampa. In this article, we will discuss what to do after you employ the right legal counsel.
If you have been charged with a serious crime, you should only discuss your case with your legal counsel. Although there are plenty of friends and family that want to know what is happening with your legal situation, your legal counsel is the only person that can truly help resolve this dilemma. An experienced sexual battery lawyer in Tampa understands the law and can provide you with the right answers to your questions in a legal context. Your family and friends will be there for you after the verdict is read; however, your attorney can ensure that your case reaches the right verdict.
Some attorneys think it’s a wonderful idea for the defendant to do their own research. Others discourage a defendant from studying up. There is a nice compromise between these theories. Defendants should study enough that they understand what they have been charged with. Dabbling with some general research of the federal and state laws relevant to the case is never a bad idea either. However, it’s best to leave the complexities of the actual law and how these laws apply to your case to the experienced attorney.
For defendants, instead of focusing on the law, it’s best to focus more on your first-hand perspective of what transpired and how this set of circumstances led to your current accusations. This can be best accomplished by creating a journal and writing down any relevant details you remember that are related to your case. An experienced lawyer will value all of the details you provide them with. It’s essential to have this collaboration between the defendant and the defense attorney as it ensures that every relevant detail is documented and being carefully considered before it is presented to the court.
For more information on how to conduct yourself in court, please read part two and part three of this series.
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.