The criminal justice system is complicated for the uninitiated, especially when it comes to trial. You can easily make a mistake that can lose your case if you don't know what you are doing. That is why you need to be prepared by a criminal defense lawyer before facing the prosecutor in court. Here are some of the ways in which your lawyer will prepare you for trial:
Holding Mock Trials or Interviews with you
A mock interview is designed to expose you to the same conditions and (possibly) questions you are likely to face in court. That way you won't be surprised when such questions come up in court during cross examination. It is also during the mock interviews that your lawyer will coach you on how to carry yourself in court, the demeanor to adopt and the rules of etiquette.
Taking You to Visit Crime Scenes
The human memory is fickle, and your defense lawyer knows this. It's easy to forget the events that occurred on the day the alleged act, especially if the trial occurs weeks or even months after the fact. Therefore, don't be surprised if your lawyer takes you back to the scene of the crime before the trial date. This is one way of helping you to remember and retain the events so that you don't get confused in court.
Instructing you to make Journal Entries
Writing down something is a good way of keeping it fresh in your mind. This is especially true if you are using your own words (meaning you have to process the thoughts first) rather than dictated words. Therefore, your attorney may also instruct you to write down the events as they occurred or as you remember them. You can also use these entries later on to refresh your mind before going to trial.
Explaining To You the Theory of the Case
Lastly, your attorney will explain to you the main theory on which the prosecutor's case rests. This is necessary so that you can have a clear idea of what you are up against and better prepare on how to counter them. Consider a case where you are charged with robbing a store and the main piece of evidence is a picture placing you in the store at the time of the robbery. Once you understand this you will be able to come up with a good explanation of why you were there at the time.
Contact a law firm, like the Law Offices of Alyson L. Sommers, P.A. Criminal Defense Attorney, for more help.