When do I Need to Contact a Criminal, DUI, or Traffic Defense Attorney?

After you have been charged it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney, or traffic defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the complexity of your case your defense attorney will need time to properly prepare your case. In many cases your defense lawyer will need to research the applicable case law and statutes that apply to your circumstances. Research can sometimes be a time consuming activity that requires more than just a cursory review of the cases. Often in more complex cases the defense attorney may want to actually prepare a written brief to present to the court that will give the judge deciding your case a better understanding of the issues. In these cases the courts sometimes require that these briefs be submitted well ahead of your hearing or trial date.

In addition, your defense attorney needs time to consult with you about what happened in your situation so that he or she has a complete understanding of the circumstances and issues in the case. Many times more than one meeting with your criminal defense attorney will be needed. This may involve talking to witnesses, police officers, victims and others such as lab technicians, breath test operators or others that may have had some involvement in the matter.

Depending on the case, you may need to have an expert in a particular field who can interpret both for your defense attorney and the court the result of certain types of technical or scientific evidence. It takes time to find and secure the services of experts.

You may also want to secure the services of a court reporter. Your attorney can arrange this at any time, but it is best to arrange for this service well in advance of your trial date.

Remember, your criminal defense attorney wants to help you and do the best job he or she can, but the old saying applies, “garbage in, garbage out.” If you do not take the time to help your defense attorney it makes it very hard for your defense attorney to help you.


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