COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR ATTORNEY OR A PROSECUTOR
The success of your attorney in court has alot to do with you. Once you have hired an attorney you should tell your attorney every relevant fact concerning your case including how you were stopped or arrested, what potential witnesses there may be to the incident, what you told the police and what the police said to you, and your personal traffic and criminal history. Armed with this information your attorney will be in a position of strength when speaking to a Prosecutor even before the Prosecutor has given your attorney the police reports concerning your case. If you have an attorney you should not be speaking to a Prosecutor but perhaps your attorney is running late or a Prosecutor may ask you who you are in court. You should always remain polite and professional in even these minimal interactions as there is no need to give a Prosecutor a reason to have a negative impression of you that sets you apart from other defendants on the court call in a negative way. Please be polite.
INTERACTING WITH JUDGES IN COURT
Perhaps the most important player in the criminal court process the judge may determine what evidence is heard in your case, whether you are found innocent or guilty, and what your potential sentence is. If you are to appear in court you should dress as formal and appropriate as possible. As a rule I would recommend wearing clothes you would wear to a funeral. The judge will be observing your dress and conduct in court and dressing appropriately demonstrates your respect for the court and that you care about your case. Your conduct in court is equally important. While you are sitting in court waiting for your case to be called turn off your cell phone, don’t read anything, talk, laugh, create distractions, or fall asleep in court. When your case is called let your attorney do the talking because the court reporter writes down everything that everyone says and your statements can come back to haunt you in later court proceedings. Only speak if the judge speaks to you directly.
INTERACTING WITH COURTHOUSE SECURITY, SHERIFFS, PROBATION OFFICERS, AND OTHER COURT PERSONNEL
People start forming impressions the second you walk into a courthouse. The deputies at the entrance may tell you you have to bring your pocketknife, camera phone or nail file back to your car after you waited in line for twenty minutes to get up there. Do not argue with these deputies as they have direct contact with the Prosecutors as well as the deputies in your courtroom. Bring in only essential items and stay polite. Sheriffs in the courtroom also may reprimand you for talking, sleeping, reading, cell phones, etc. and it is important to maintain your cool with them. Many work with the same Judge and Prosecutor every day and they are respected for protecting the courtroom staff, thus there is no need to cause them to speak against you to Judge or others. Probation or Compliance officers are paid to report to the Judge and Prosecutor your progress and status. Be polite as their words very often mean the difference between you being in jail, prison or free during your sentence.
I hope you enjoyed this informative post. Please contact the Richard Albanese Law Office for more information on your case today at (312) 882-1973 or at http://www.criminalandtrafficdefenseattorney.com