When you’re accused of a crime, the stress can feel overwhelming. You may experience further stress when you think about meeting with a defense attorney for the first time.
Talking about your case with a lawyer should not cause you anxiety. If anything, you should start to feel some form of relief. The following information can let you know what to expect when you meet with your attorney for the first time and how things are likely to proceed in your legal matter.
A give and take of information
You should be prepared to share as much information as possible about your case. Facts, background information, and details of the situation that led to the allegations against you are invaluable.
Remember, attorney-client conversations are confidential. Even if you decide not to hire the lawyer you meet with, what you discuss cannot be disclosed to anyone else. It’s best to be as open as both of you are comfortable with.
In return, your lawyer will provide you with some background information about the legal process. You will learn how your case will likely proceed. You will receive information concerning criminal procedures and how the law applies to your case.
While no lawyer can provide you with any sort of guarantee, you should come away from the meeting with a better understanding of the criminal justice process.
You don’t have to be anxious about the unknown
Consider a trip to the lawyer like you would a trip to the doctor. One visit will not result in a cure. However, you will have a better idea of what you’re facing. Once you understand your options, you can set aside the anxiety that comes with the unknown.