Appearing in court after being charged with a crime is a nerve-wracking thing for many people. But there are proactive steps you can take to make the process smooth and simple. In this article, we are going to offer a few tips for making sure your court appearance goes as well as it possibly can.
Consult with an Attorney
The best thing you can do for yourself prior to a court appearance is to consult with an attorney. A lawyer can examine the details surrounding your case and provide you with insight and counsel. Remember – your attorney’s number one job is to protect your best interests and defend your rights. They will also be able to walk you through the logistics of a court appearance – where to show up, what paperwork needs to be filed, etc.
Be Careful of What you Post to Social Media
Anything you post to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform is admissible in court. Keep that in mind when posting and sharing online. Avoid making comments about your case completely and don’t do anything stupid.
Keep Your Nose Clean
Don’t do anything to get yourself into more legal trouble while your case is pending. One of the biggest factors a judge considers when determining a sentence is the likelihood that you will commit more crimes in the future. Stay out of trouble while you await your court date so you can prove this to the judge.
Criminal & Civil Attorneys in the Greater Chicago Area
Appelman & Lloyd represents clients in both criminal and civil matters in the state of Illinois. Our attorneys have decades of experience and can help you navigate the complicated avenues of the legal process. No matter what type of legal situation you are dealing with, our lawyers are here to help. Contact us today to set up a free initial consultation with one of our skilled defense attorneys. You can find us at our office in Naperville. We also represent clients throughout the greater Chicago area.