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How to Prepare for Trial With Your Denver Criminal Defense Attorney


November 7, 2018

Awaiting trial is a stressful process, whether you’re facing a DUI charge or have been accused of another crime. While an experienced Denver criminal lawyer will be able to help represent your case to the court, it’s still important that you feel prepared for the hearing. There’s more to preparation than steeling your nerves and letting your attorney explain their strategy to you. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re ready for the big day. 

Familiarize Yourself with the Terminology

Before your trial, take the time to familiarize yourself with some of the legal jargon you might hear. Head to the library and pick up a book on the basics of the legal system or ask your attorney to clarify some of the terms they use when they meet with you. The more terms you know and the more familiar you are with the legal system, the better prepared you’ll be for your hearing. You’ll be able to follow what the judge is saying and be better able to answer their questions as they come up. 

Meet With Your Attorney

Whether you choose to hire an attorney or are working with a public defender, make sure to meet with them at least once before the hearing. They’ll have questions about the incident and your background, but they also want to get to know you. Representing a client is easier when they have a better understanding of your character. Remember, it’s their job to explain your side of the story and to argue on your behalf. The better they know you, the better equipped they’ll be. 

Make Sure You Understand the Charges

When you meet with your attorney, make sure you understand the charges against you. Often, the legal system can seem confusing, leaving some defendants unsure of what precisely they’re accused of. Ask your attorney to explain the charges against you in plain English and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on anything you’re unsure of. 

Be Prepared to Tell the Truth

Believe it or not, lying in court is illegal. If you do and you’re caught, you could face a perjury charge, subject to fines or increased prison terms if you’re convicted of the charges against you. Instead of trying to formulate a story that makes you seem completely innocent, tell the truth. If you’re worried about how to respond to questions in the court room, discuss your concerns with your attorney. They’ll help you run through your answers so you can focus on providing honest testimony without worrying about accidentally committing perjury. 

Regardless of the criminal charges against you, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney instead of representing yourself. Doing so ensures that you present the best case possible while also sparing yourself the stress of navigating the legal system alone. If you’re facing criminal or DUI charges, contact The Law Office of John L. Buckley, P.C. We’ll meet with you to discuss the charges you’re facing and represent you in court. Schedule a free consultation today.