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How To Prepare For a Criminal Defense Trial

If you’re charged with a crime and you’re facing court, there are many things you need to be mindful of if you hope to beat the charge, or receive a lesser charge.

A criminal trial is held in front of a jury. That means you’re going to be judged on how you look, how you present yourself, as well as what you say and how you say it.

That’s why it’s recommended that, if you are facing a criminal trial, you get the help of a qualified defense attorney. An attorney will walk you through the court process and will help you with all the aspects necessary for you to convince a judge and jury of your innocence.

Of course, you can also represent yourself. If you’re going to do so, you’re going to have to think of everything on your own so that you don’t leave out one detail. Even one tiny skipped detail in a criminal defense trial can seal your fate and cause the jury to convict you of all charges against you.

Personal Appearance
Whether you’re defending yourself or you have a defense attorney, you must be mindful of how you plan to dress during your court appearances. A suit is always a good move, as it makes you look professional. If you have any tattoos, make sure they’re covered up.

Even though you shouldn’t be judged on your appearance during a trial, your personal appearance does make a difference in the eyes of the jury. Men should avoid long hair and excessive facial hair, and women should keep it feminine and modest.

All in all, just make sure you look presentable so that a jury will think there’s no way you could have possibly committed the crime you’re accused of committing.

Demeanor and Speech
Any defense attorney will tell you to keep your mouth shut unless you’re asked a question. In a defense trial, your attorney will do most of the talking, unless you’re asked to take the stand.

But if you’re representing yourself, you’ll want to make sure you speak slowly, refrain from using profanity and learn the law terms you’ll be using to prove your innocence. The less dangerous you seem, the more lenient a jury will be with you when it comes to conviction and sentencing.

Evidence
Now that you know how to dress and act in a defense trial, you’ll need to focus on what evidence is stacked against you. If you have an attorney, the prosecution will share the evidence they’ve collected that they hope will prove your guilt.

If you’re defending yourself, you can also get copies of all of this evidence. Pore over each aspect of the prosecution’s case. Look for holes that you can argue against, such as timeline problems or alibis you may have. Remember that if you do have an alibi, you’re going to have to call witnesses to the stand to help corroborate them.

It’s not recommended to defend yourself in a criminal defense trial. Unless you have extensive knowledge of the law, you may be in over your head. A wiser course of action is to contact a defense attorney at Petersen Johnson and have them defend your rights in a court of law.