Getting the most help from your lawyer requires that you be completely open and honest in your communications with him. If you are charged with having one or more DUI’s, immediately let him know about other uncharged arrests. If you have a prior un-alleged conviction, speak up and let him know. Do not make up a story that will paint you in a better light and expect that your attorney can work without knowing the truth. Do not lie to your attorney. He is the one person with whom you should talk about your case. The conversation should be truthful and candid.
1. Some tips about going to court.
A. Judges are human. They will be influenced by the impression you make on them. Dress nicely when you come to court. Be sure your clothes are clean and modest. Work clothes and uniforms are fine. They show the judge that you are a worker. Your dress shows that you take court proceedings seriously.
B. Be on time. Judges will form an impression about your willingness to comply with probation by your punctuality. Your attorney will be grateful and will be able to put energy into your case rather than apologizing for your absence. If you are late a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you are unavoidably late, call your attorney and tell him what time you expect to be there. If you have a medical emergency, notify your attorney and bring a medical note.
C. Address the judge respectfully. “Yes, your Honor,” and “No, your Honor,” are appropriate ways to address judges. If you feel more comfortable with “Yes, Sir,” or “No, Ma’am,” they are fine as well. Speak loudly enough to be heard. If you do not understand something, say so.
D. Keep track of what is happening. Get yourself a binder, notebook or briefcase dedicated to your court case. Write down your next court appearances. Keep the phone number of your lawyer handy in case a problem arises. Being on time and keeping appointments are extremely important. Failures to appear, or showing up late will be considered by the judge if there’s a question of raising your bail or remanding you into custody.
2. What must be done
A. Review. You need to review with your attorney every piece of physical evidence that the District Attorney has. This can be done in person or by viewing photographs or video.
B. Review. You need to review all the statements you have made. These may be on video, in police reports, or in investigative reports.
C. Review. All of your witnesses need to review any statements they have made. These may be in video, police reports and/or investigative reports.