There are several things you can do before you meet with your lawyer for the first time. You do not have to prepare extensively for your first meeting. See our advice below to get the most out of your appointment.
What You Should Do
Doing the following things will save time and possibly even help your case:
- Do write, or preferably type, a summary of what happened while the event is still fresh in your mind. You do not have to recount every detail of the event, but it’s best to write the summary before you start forgetting facts.
- Do bring any documents given to you by the court or the police. These documents often include essential dates and charging information.
- Do bring any documents that could help your case. These might include pictures, text messages, letters, etc.
- Do try to stay positive, and continue to live your life as normally as possible including going to work, going to school, paying your bills and spending time with loved ones as long as they do not contribute to any criminal behavior or charges.
What You Shouldn’t Do
Also, there are some things you shouldn’t do before meeting or at least speaking with your attorney for the first time. We advise you do not do the following things before consulting with your attorney:
- Don’t talk to the police without consulting your attorney. The police are often looking to assign criminal responsibility to you, and anything you say might be used against you.
- Don’t break any no-contact orders or orders of protection if they exist. Do not contact the person who is the subject of the order under any circumstances, even if they reach out to you first.
- Don’t commit any crimes. This may sound obvious, but multiple charges can make your life extremely complicated and hurt your existing case.