How to Prepare for a Court Hearing in Pennsylvania
Preparing for court may be one of the most stressful times in your life. All of these thoughts are running through your head, and it can become quite overwhelming. Here at Young Marr & Associates, we want you to feel confident and prepared before you begin this endeavor. Even though all cases are different, we are going to touch on some of the basics regarding how you should prepare for court.
Hire an Experienced Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer
Many people feel as though they can adequately represent themselves but there are many factors to consider when preparing for a court case that fall far outside the skillset of a non-legal professional. It would be in your best interest to utilize their knowledge of the law by having one represent you. If you need to seek medical care, you wouldn’t try and treat your illness or injury yourself, you would seek medical attention by a trained physician. It’s no different when seeking legal Even if you can not afford an attorney, you can still request a public defender.
Your criminal defense lawyer is representing you. Therefore, you do not need to say a word unless told to do so. When the Judge is speaking, do not make any disrespectful facial expression or gestures. Let your lawyer do what he is trained to do, which is defend you in a court of law.
Your lawyer is there to help you. Do not try and fabricate or lie about the incident you are being tried for. Make sure your lawyer knows everything about what happened so he is prepared to defend you to the best of his ability.
Appearance is extremely important. You want to make sure that you dress in an appropriate attire. It’s natural for people to judge other people by the way they carry themselves. If you show up looking like a professional then you will be treated as such. This means your wardrobe in court should consist of a shirt and tie, dress pants, and dress shoes. Dressing in a respectable manner also shows respect for the judge as well as their courtroom.
Arrive Early and Prepared
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the courthouse prior to your hearing. Not only is showing up late to your hearing disrespectful but it sends the wrong impression to the court, the jury, and the other attorneys. Keep in mind that most courthouses take extreme security measures. This means you will have to pass through metal detectors, and possibly get searched for contraband and weapons prior to entering the courthouse.
Make sure you bring any documents that pertain to your case as well as copies of any legal paperwork you’ve generated throughout the course of your trial. Some of these documents may include signed witness statements, counseling paperwork, or court ordered community service.
Inform Your Witnesses
Witnesses can play a vital role in someone’s court case. If you do have witnesses coming to your trial, your attorney should have properly prepared them ahead of time to make sure they are ready for not only your attorney’s questions, but the questions from the opposing side as well. You will also want to make sure they know the time and date of your case. For added security call them the day prior to your case just to remind them.
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These are the basics of how you should prepare for court. Just remember, be respectful, arrive on time and make sure to bring any documents your lawyer instructs you to. Your lawyer should be able to handle the rest. Although this might be an extremely challenging time for you, don’t let it get you down. The criminal defense attorneys at Young, Marr & Associates are available at any time to discuss your case by calling (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.
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Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
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