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How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Barket Epstein discusses the best ways to prepare for an initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.

It is imperative that anyone charged with a crime immediately seek legal counsel. Typically, attorney/client relationships begin with an initial consultation. However, most people are unaware of how to get the most out of an initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, please review the information below, and contact a New York criminal defense attorney immediately to schedule an initial consultation. 

Be prepared to discuss your background 

During your initial consultation, you must be prepared to discuss information about your background. Generally, the more open and honest you are with your attorney about your circumstances, the better he or she will be able to defend you. 

Gather important documents

Your attorney will need to examine certain documents when assessing your case. This may include:

  • Misdemeanor complaint
  • Information
  • Felony complaint
  • Indictment 
  • Supporting affidavit
  • Protective order 
  • Police impound receipt
  • List of upcoming court dates
  • Bail paperwork
  • Information regarding prior arrests and convictions 

In addition, it may be helpful to bring any other information that you believe may help your case or that your attorney should review. For example, if you’ve been charged with theft, you may have receipts or other documents related to the charges. Generally speaking, the more information you can provide to your attorney, the better off you’ll be. 

Prepare a list of possible witnesses 

When you meet with your attorney, you’ll need to provide a list of witnesses who may help your case. Helpful witnesses include people who can corroborate your story, witnessed the events of your alleged crime, can testify to your character, can confirm your alibi, or have any other evidence that can help your case. 

Prepare questions for your attorney 

Finally, when meeting with an attorney for the first time, you should take the opportunity to ask questions. Helpful questions include:

  • How many cases have you handled that are similar to mine?
  • What are your past results in handling cases like mine?
  • Do you see any problems with my case?
  • How often will I have to appear in court?
  • How long do you think my case will take?
  • What is your payment arrangement?

Contact our New York criminal defense attorneys 

If you’ve been charged with a crime of any kind in New York, it’s imperative that you engage the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney in order to achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case. At Barket Epstein, our experienced New York criminal defense attorneys will ensure that you are fully apprised of your legal rights and provided with the most effective defense possible against your charges. Please contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys today for a consultation. 

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