It can be intimidating to meet with a criminal defence lawyer for the first time. Understanding that the relationship between you and a criminal defence lawyer is a professional one may help clients feel less emotional regarding the facts of their case.
A knowledgeable criminal defence lawyer will learn about your case during an initial consultation. The exchange of information is important, and the following are some of the most important things you can do to make sure your first consultation with a criminal defence lawyer is productive.
Do Not Post on Social Media About Your Case
Clients may want to post information about their cases on social media. However, this is a mistake. It is vital that you refrain from posting any information regarding your criminal case on any social media platform. Posting photographs or videos will affect whether or not evidence can be admitted in court. Also, you do not want to risk being potentially liable for other criminal offences due to the content you post on social media platforms.
A criminal defence lawyer will review all the documentary evidence in your possession. If you post this evidence on social media platforms, you may create unnecessary problems that can delay the resolution of your criminal case.
While you are waiting to have your first consultation with a criminal defence lawyer, do not post any information regarding your case on any social media platform.
Gather Together All the Documents That You Have About Your Case
Documentary evidence is critical to any criminal defence case. Any pertinent documents in your possession may be relevant to your case, and you need to make sure that your criminal defence attorney has access to these documents.
A criminal defence lawyer needs to analyze all the evidence you have regarding the facts of your case. Any official documents such as police reports or witness statements need to be provided to your criminal defence lawyer.
Also, it is important that you make legible copies of these documents in the event that the original is lost or destroyed.
Write a Summary of the Incident
One skill your criminal defence attorney will possess is being able to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant facts. Do not attend your initial consultation without first thinking about all the facts of your case. Write a brief summary of the facts and create a timeline so your criminal defence lawyer can analyze the details of your case.
Drafting a narrative can help contextualize the facts of your case. Any important details that you believe are important should be included in the summary of the incident.
A brief narrative summarizing the facts of your case can help your criminal defence lawyer obtain a broad understanding of your case. Specific details may overwhelm a person who has not read any facts regarding your case. However, if you provide a summary before discussing important details, you will provide your criminal defence lawyer with a roadmap for navigating the specific legal nuances that may be relevant to your case.
Make a List of Witnesses
Trials are often about witnesses, and if you have a list of potential witnesses, you need to bring this list to your criminal defence lawyer.
You should write down the contact information of every potential witness who may be related to your legal matter. You should also include information related to law enforcement agencies and law enforcement officers that may have participated in your criminal case. It is important to take some time and make sure you have a list of witnesses who may play a role in your criminal defence strategy.
A list of witnesses should be comprehensive. If you are unsure about whether a particular person may or may not be a witness, you should include them on the list. Seek out the contact information so your witness list is as complete as possible.
It is a good idea to review the documents you have in your possession and make sure that you write down the contact information for any person who may have knowledge regarding the facts of your case.
Be Prepared to Answer Tough Questions
A good criminal defence lawyer will make sure to communicate to you that they are not going to provide you with inaccurate or false information.
Criminal defence lawyers in Canada must adhere to a professional code of conduct. Therefore, it is vital that you not hide any relevant details regarding your case from your criminal defence lawyer. You do not want to withhold important information that may need to be presented during your case.
Also, if you feel overwhelmed during your initial consultation, you need to remember that a criminal defence lawyer is focusing on your constitutional rights. These rights are valuable, but you must be prepared to answer questions that may make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. The answers you offer will provide your criminal defence lawyer with the information they need to protect your legal interests.
Prepare a List of Questions for the Attorney
You can ask a criminal defence lawyer any question regarding your case and the law.
You may have many different questions you would like to present to your criminal defence lawyer. If this is the case, it is best to write a list of these questions before you attend your initial consultation. Being prepared with these questions will help you present your ideas clearly to your criminal defence lawyer. Do not be nervous about asking questions that you believe may focus on aspects of your personal life. Any relevant question you have regarding your case should be presented to your criminal defence lawyer in writing.
No two criminal cases are exactly alike. Every legal case presents a unique set of facts that criminal defence lawyers must assess and analyze. At Vilkhov Law, we want to make sure you receive exceptional legal representation.
It can be overwhelming to take the first step toward obtaining legal representation. However, you should not be afraid to speak to a skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer if you are facing criminal charges. We are here to help you with every aspect of your criminal case.
Contact Vilkhov Law at (647) 977-5852 if you would like to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.