Anything you say to the police, family members or to others can be used against you in court. Therefore, do not discuss your case with anyone except your attorney or someone from our offices.

Always remember that you and your attorney are partners for the best possible result for you. If you would like the attorney to discuss your case with family members, you must give the attorney permission.

You and your attorney have different responsibilities during the proceeding. 

As the client, you always decide:

  • Whether or not to go to trial or to take a plea agreement
  • Whether or not to testify
  • Whether or not to appeal after being convicted
  • Whether or not to file a post-conviction relief (PCR)
    • Unlike an appeal, the client is responsible for obtaining and filing PCR paperwork in a timely fashion

Your lawyer is responsible for making strategic decisions, such as:

  • Which motions to file
  • Whether to object in court
  • Which witnesses to call
  • Which issues to raise on appeal and PCR filings
  1. Court Appearances
  2. Initial Hearing / Appearance
  3. Arraignment
  4. Felony Indictment
  5. Preliminary Hearings
  6. Plea Agreements
  7. Trial
  8. Sentencing
  9. Appeal

Important Information About Court Appearances

You must appear in court for all your court hearing unless told otherwise by you lawyer. It can take several months for a case to move through the court system. During that time, it is important for you to keep in touch with your lawyer and to make all court appearances until your lawyer tells you that your case is over.

You can help your lawyer by:

  • Being on time to court
  • Come to court prepared with any questions you have for your attorney
  • Wear appropriate clothing