If you have found yourself in a situation that requires a trial attorney, you may not know what to expect. You may know the basics of how this will work out and the courtroom proceedings. What you may not know is what to expect during the first consultation with your trial attorney. Here are a few things you should expect and a little information on how to prepare for this consultation.
The first thing you need to expect is paperwork. This stage will likely include you signing different contracts such as payment plans or legal documents related to hiring the attorney and your case. You may also be asked to provide certain paperwork. This may include copies of police reports, identification, and anything related to your case to prove your innocence or your side of the story. The best thing to do is to have all of the information you have on your case readily available for your attorney. This will save time and get straight to the point of what they may need beyond what you have.
Going Over the Case
This may seem like common knowledge, but telling your attorney your side of the story can be an issue for some people. This is the time you need to tell your attorney everything about your case. This means telling them things you may want to omit. For example, if you are dealing with a stalker you may want to omit how long you have known them or if anything was done on your part that would have lead the stalker on.
You may also omit things you don't think are important, but they can actually be very important to the case. For example, you may feel like a text message or phone call is meaningless, but it could mean a lot to the case because it shows a timeframe or an intent on the stalker's part. Keep in mind even small details matter.
Every trial attorney, for that matter every attorney, has guidelines they want their clients to follow. This may be a particular method for missing an appointment, the people you should or should not talk to, and how to contact your attorney if you are contacted by the other party in the case. The key thing to remember during this stage of the consultation is to understand each guideline.
Understand what they expect from you and, in turn, what will happen if you do not follow their guidelines. Remember, in some cases, if you don't follow the guidelines you may have issues of missing court dates or having an issue scheduling future appointments with your attorney due to your time slot being given to clients who do follow the guidelines.
These are just a few things to expect. Keep in mind, the first consultation is designed to get everything out in the open so you can find out where you stand with your case and how the trial may go. This is to give you options and help you decide which options may be best.
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