Whether you are guilty of the criminal offense or not, being charged with a crime is a serious issue that deserves extreme attention to detail. With your reputation, freedom, and future on the line, the most important thing you can do in this situation is to build a strong criminal defense strategy. As soon as you are charged, it is critical to plan your defense strategy right away and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for your case.
The following are five steps to making a strong criminal defense strategy:
- Select the best criminal defense lawyer for your case. During the selection process, it is wise to have at least three prospective candidates before choosing only one. Make sure to select an attorney who has had experience with your specific type of case. You may ask friends and family if they have had any experience with criminal defense attorneys.
- Discuss your legal options. Your attorney can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced significantly.
- Disclose any and all details of your case to your lawyer. Provide all of the details concerning your side of the story. Your attorney must know if there is any chance of an unexpected piece of evidence or surprise witnesses coming forward for the prosecution. When your lawyer is aware of the entire story, he or she can build an effective and personalized defense around it.
- Decide on a strategy and stick with your side of the story. Once your attorney develops a defense strategy, you must prepare a solid story and practice telling it constantly. Having your side of the story completely rehearsed and planned will help with the anxiety and nervousness of being in the courtroom.
- Dress appropriately for court. When you go to court, you want to have a professional appearance. Check out our blog post titled “What to Wear to Court” for additional information and suggestions.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Florida, contact The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. and request a free consultation with our Seminole County criminal defense lawyer.