We understand that you are reaching out to us at what may be the scariest time of your life. You may never have consulted with a lawyer before, or at least not spoken with one on an urgent basis. You may be frightened and confused, and we will do our best to walk you through your next steps while treating you with dignity and respect throughout.
Before Your Visit
Before your visit to our office, if possible, write out a detailed history of all of the incidents in question, including any information that may be relevant to your case. Try to keep all of the information in chronological order, so that it is easier for the lawyer to read and to follow along with. Be sure to mark each page of the document across the top of the page with “PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL – FOR MY LAWYER” to ensure that solicitor-client privilege, or any protections that you have from your unique relationship with your lawyer, are preserved.
You will also want to bring with you any documents that you have received from police or from the prosecutor, such as disclosure or your bail paperwork. These will all be useful for the lawyer to have on file when reviewing your case.
Talking With Others
While it may feel natural to confide in friends or relatives during a stressful time, that is the wrong approach when criminal matters are involved. Anyone that you confide in, including your spouse, may be legally compelled to testify against you about what you have told them. The only person that you can have a protected conversation with is your lawyer, and they can advise you of what you can say to anyone else, if asked.
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