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Meeting a Criminal Lawyer: Things You Need to Prepare

When you are meeting your defense lawyer for the very first time, it is important for you to prep up well so that the procedure goes smoothly. To help you prepare we have written up some tips to keep in mind when meeting with an attorney.

Understanding the Role of the Attorney

For representing you in the best possible ways, your lawyer needs to get to know you, as a person and what you have been charged with. He should have an in-depth knowledge of your case so that he can present the case in a way which will work in your favor. He will also educate you about the criminal proceedings and answer any questions you have.

He will be asking you a few basic and factual questions such as contact information, full name, qualifications, employment, past criminal records and much more. He will also ask you questions in order to understand your character.

Answers You Need to Prepare

Your West Virginia criminal lawyer might ask you one or more of the following questions, which you need to prepare for.

  • He will ask you about the things you saw or did, the people involved and their actions, etc. He will also ask you if you have committed the crime(s) in question.
  • He will inquire about the things you have said to the police or to anyone else. Make sure you answer accurately so your West Virginia criminal lawyer can truly help you.
  • He will ask you about the place where the police have arrested you and how exactly did they approach you. The activities/actions of the police during and after the arrest would also be asked about. Again, try and be as accurate and detailed as possible.

Your cooperation is extremely beneficial for building your defense. Even if the questioning seem tedious it is all to benefit you. It is important to be truthful when speaking to your attorney. They can build the best case if they know all the facts.

Your lawyer might also ask you for:

  • Any documents that are related to your arrest
  • Bail documents
  • A copy of the police report
  • Paperwork related to property search
  • Contact information and names of (possible) witnesses

For the first meeting, you can bring documents or any kind of related evidence/clues that might be helpful. This includes text messages, videos or photographs that you consider to be important.

It is usually helpful if you jot down any questions you have for your attorney before coming to the meeting. Some questions you might want to ask are about his previous cases and their turnouts, what you can do to help the case in your favor, what are the things you should completely avoid, the best and worst case scenarios, etc.

You should also enquire about your involvement in each stage such as arraignment, motions hearing, trials, etc.

If you are facing criminal charges prepare yourself for arraignment by contacting an experienced criminal lawyer. Call the Mountaineer Criminal Law Group today at (304) 584-DUI1 or contact us online to set up a consultation at our Morgantown, West Virginia office.

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