Being charged with a crime can quickly take a toll on a person. The stress and frustration associated with the case can often leave a person feeling helpless and out of control of their own future.
If this is your situation, rest assured that you can be an active participant in your own defense by taking the below steps to help your Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer build a strong defense in your favor.
1. Act professionally from the start
Upon being accused of a crime, many people feel upset, hurt, or even enraged. It’s important to mind your disposition from the get go; don’t lose your temper and don’t act out on your anger no matter how much you are compelled to do so.
Your lawyer, in building your defense, will need to be able to demonstrate that you are a calm and stable individual; a task much easier to accomplish if you approach your case with a professional attitude.
2. Be pro-active in collecting information
The more information your criminal defense lawyer has, the more thoroughly he can evaluate your case and decide on a course of action.
Save every little tid-bit of information related to your case; this includes but is not limited to, police statements, witness testimonies, case-related medical or repair bills, and any communications from the plaintiff or their lawyer.
3. Don’t get discouraged
Criminal defense cases can be difficult to predict the outcome of until all the facts have been presented. If your case appears to be lacking, don’t automatically assume that it’s an indication of your fate.
There’s always a chance that even the strongest evidence against you will be dismissed due to a legal loophole, so it’s important that you remain willing to fight your accusations and don’t take on a defeated attitude – doing so may come across to your judge or jury as an indication of guilt.
4. Be honest when disclosing information to your attorney
Many people who have performed misdeeds feel it necessary to withhold the details of their crime from their criminal defense lawyer. This is the absolute worst thing they could do for their trial.
Your lawyer is sworn to do their best to protect you no matter what the circumstance of your crime, and knowing the details only allows them to plan out any unforeseen courses of action the plaintiff may muster. Always be 100% honest with your lawyer; the more they know, the better they can plan to thwart off the opposing side’s offensive moves.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t just assume that your defense lies in the sole hand of your attorney. You can take an active role in helping them build a defense against your actions. Prepare yourself to remain emotionally strong, and contact us for guidance; we’ll do our best to ensure that, with your help, you build a strong defense and suffer the minimal possible consequences for your criminal actions.