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How Can I Support My Criminal Lawyer’s Efforts to Represent Me?

Although it rarely happens in life, you could end up needing some legal help at some point in your life. To say that facing criminal charges is unsettling is an understatement, so you have to make sure you do everything in your power to come out of it as a winner. When you learn what charges you will be facing, your next move is hiring a criminal lawyer. This should be your immediate step in order to prevent additional troubles that might occur. You will find that the team of criminal lawyers are ready to evaluate your case and provide the representation that you need. In any case, there are certain things you can do to help your lawyer make a stronger case to defend you. Following is a short list of ways to support can the efforts of your criminal lawyer who is going to be representing you in court.

1. Tell Your Lawyer Everything – Even the Most Embarrassing Parts of the Case

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Remember that this person is there to represent you and basically get you out of trouble, so keeping things to yourself will do nothing but hurt you down the line. Filtering the information that you pass your lawyer will accomplish nothing other than harming the case, making it harder for them to present you as the victim and actually help you. Everything you say is going to stay confidential between the two of you, so even if you wish to protect someone else you have to share it with your lawyer. In case of some actions or events that you find personally embarrassing, you must find the strength and willpower to get over it. Maybe there is something that on the surface seems to incriminate you when in fact it was innocent and much worse in your head.

Your lawyer needs to know about everything surrounding the case, even its background and the events that lead to it. No information is pointless, so think long and hard about everything. Think of it this way. If you fail to mention it, the prosecution may use it against you and your lawyer will be effortless to help you since they the info. You can bet that the prosecution will try to use everything to win in court, so by putting your reservations aside and discussing them with your legal counsel now, there is much a better chance of finding a way to defuse or at least minimize their importance to the case against you. You and your lawyer will at least be prepared to defend from everything they throw your way.

Even little things that you think do not matter should be told to your legal counsel. The lawyer is in a better position to determine what is important and what is not than you are. They are educated enough and familiar with similar cases, so give them all you have. Something that seems of no value to you could turn out to be very important to your defense, landing you a win.

2. Never Talk About the Case with Anyone Else

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While you should speak completely freely and openly with your legal counsel, it is also crucial to remain fully tight-lipped at all times with others. This is even more important in some cases and a very pragmatic strategy. If someone does ask you about the pending case, keep the responses very vague and basic and avoid providing anything in the way of details, especially the “juicy” ones. This goes for even the closest people in your life, including close longtime friends, coworkers, family members, or anyone else that you may be in contact with between the day the charges are filed and your first day in court.

The reason behind your silence is very simple, making this a no-brainer. Anything you say could be interpreted in a manner other than the one you intended it to be, meaning it could be used against you in court. If the interpretation gets back to the prosecution, it could be brought up as a chance of winning the case against you, rendering your site defenseless. Since your lawyer was unaware of the conversation, that could complicate things for the defense strategy and your chances at ending up as the winner become bleak at best.

3. Be Mindful of Where You Go and Whom You See

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During the period of your lawsuit, you should try to go to a few places as possible, and see as few people as you can. Depending on the nature of the charges, it might be in your best interests to not be seen in certain places or talking to specific people all the way until the whole trial process has ended. The same is true for people that may have some connection with the case. It is best to avoid them completely until you are free of charges. By choosing to avoid those situations, you also minimize the potential for complicating the work your lawyer is doing on your behalf and minimizing the chances of spilling some beans on the case that could be brought up in the courtroom.

4. Follow the Lawyer’s Lead during Court Sessions

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As this is probably your first experience with the legal system, and since you have never spent time in court before, you may or may not know the proper way to conduct yourself. Therefore, follow the lead of the person you hired to help you in this situation. Your lawyer will prepare you ahead of time with some basic instructions on how to behave and speak. Make sure to always follow the lead of your lawyer once the court is in session. Ideally, your lawyer should do the talking for you unless the legal counsel indicates that it is fine for you to speak on some matter.


In summation, remember that your lawyer is there to work for the best possible resolution to your case and free you of the charges you are facing. By choosing to cooperate with them on all levels, you will make that job easier and much less complicated. Do not hold information, never speak about the case with anyone, mind where you go and whom you mere, and follow the expert’s lead in the courtroom. Follow these four simple rules and you will be free of charges in no time.

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