What to Discuss with a Lawyer
When someone contacts a lawyer seeking their services, they should know what to discuss with the lawyer. This contact is covered by attorney-client privilege. That means any information provided to an attorney is protected. Anyone who is consulting with a lawyer should be open and share information freely with their attorney knowing that it will not get back to the court or the police or later be used against them. This allows the attorney to assess the case and put together a plan from day one.
When the meeting with the attorney in a pre-arrest case, the attorney will identify the allegations and possible risks associated with that case. They meet with the person, ask what information they have, and find out if the authorities provided them with any paperwork. They determine if the person is aware of any individual making any allegations of criminal activity.
During an initial consultation, an attorney should lead the discussion and ask for the information they need. As the individual has likely never gone through this process, it is really on the attorney to get the information needed to build a strong defense. In addition to that, one of the services to look for is a free consultation. A free consultation allows the client and the attorney to meet and make sure they are comfortable with one another. It gives the person an opportunity to make sure they want to hire this attorney to represent them.
Often, there are difficult conversations in connection with a criminal matter, making it important that an individual feels comfortable working with the attorney they hire to represent them. The only way they can get a sense of this is to meet the attorney in person. It is essential in a criminal case that the person meet with the attorney to make sure they are comfortable hiring them. This should be done at an initial free consultation. Then they know they have done everything they can to fight the case and the attorney is working in their best interest.
Questions and Documents to Provide
The first question someone should ask an attorney, at the start of the discussion, is about their areas of practices. When someone is faced with a criminal investigation, they want to hire someone who handles criminal defense work on a regular basis. They should also ask about the attorney’s experience in the particular courthouse.
If the situation suggests that the individual should not be cooperative with the police, at least they will be aware of it from the beginning. The attorney assesses the possible liability and potential exposure to evaluate the seriousness of the allegation.
In terms of documentation, the individual should compile any paperwork they received from the police or any other state agency investigating them, whether it is the Department of Children and Families or the Department of Motor Vehicles. They should collect any information they have to give to the attorney so they can review it and get a sense of what the case is about. In addition to compiling that paperwork, they should provide the attorney with any background information, employment information, treatment information, or any information that explains to the attorney the types of things taking place.
Hiring an Investigator
Once an attorney gets all the relevant facts from a client, they figure out what else is needed. They may hire an investigator to collect evidence that supports the defense’s version of events. Hiring an investigator may allow the defense to obtain surveillance videos or documentation that they can provide to the police to establish a defense if that is the path they choose.