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Meeting with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are scheduled to meet with an Ohio criminal defense lawyer to discuss the criminal charge brought against you it is important to be prepared. Although the defense attorney you have chosen to represent you is well versed in criminal law in Ohio, there are some things you can do to help your lawyer do a better job. Remember, you and your criminal defense lawyer are a team and in order for a team to work effectively, everyone must do their part.

What can you do?

The most important thing you can do when you meet with your Ohio criminal defense attorney is to bring any paperwork related to your case. This includes:

  • Arrest report
  • Accident report
  • Correspondence including letters and emails
  • Contact information for possible witnesses
  • Photographs
  • Any court papers
  • Any completed forms the lawyer sent you in advance of the meeting
  • Notes, including dates, of important details related to your
    case

It is a good idea to provide your criminal defense lawyer with copies and retain the originals in a safe place. Another thing you might want to do is to think about possible questions you may have for your lawyer and write them down, especially if you have no prior experience working with a criminal defense lawyer. You could inquire about his
educational background, professional accomplishments in similar criminal defense cases and the legal strategy he has in mind for your case.

Although having a skilled criminal defense in your corner is important keep in mind that if you aren’t a willing and cooperative participant it’s not only going to cost you more but it could seriously affect the outcome of your case.
Don’t put your future in jeopardy, be prepared.

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