It’s common to feel a bit nervous or anxious before meeting with your attorney for the first time. You should know that your attorney is here for you, and wants you to feel comfortable talking to them about the sensitive information in your case. The more information they have, and the more comfortable you feel talking to them, the better they will be able to represent you.
The first meeting is an opportunity for you to get to know each other and for you to tell your story. This is also when your attorney will ask f for the information they need to begin crafting your defense.
Regardless of why you’ve hired a criminal defense attorney, there are a few things you can anticipate will happen during this initial meeting.
Come prepared with necessary information
During this meeting, your attorney will ask you for all of the essential information about yourself. This information can include, but is not limited to:
- Contact information including name, address, date of birth, email and social security number
- Your current Immigration status
- Education history and status
- Your arrest record including what happened with the case and if you served any jail time, probation, or fines you paid.
- Past and present employment status and work history
- Marital status
- If you have any illnesses or recent hospitalization
Having this information ready for your attorney will save time during the meeting and allow you to spend more time discussing the case and asking questions.
Come ready with specific questions
To make the most out of your time on this first meeting, begin thinking of questions, you want to ask your attorney before you arrive at their office. Ask questions about how frequently you will meet with or hear from your attorney, and what you can expect moving forward.
Listen to your lawyer and ask clarifying questions
It’s important to ask questions you have about your case and trial, but remember to listen to what your lawyer has to say. They will likely have done a bit of their own research. Now is the time to listen to their findings and ask any clarifying questions about things that may be confusing or new to you. Lastly, make a note of important dates or events you need to prepare for that will affect your trial. During this meeting, take note of the timeline of your case and any other proceedings. You will need this information to know how to prepare for what’s to come.
Depending on your situation, what happens during your first meeting could vary.
It’s smart to research what to expect, but always remember that what you read on the internet is not to be confused with actual legal advice. A qualified Houston criminal defense attorney knows the latest Texas state laws and is there to support you throughout your trial.
If you are facing a criminal offense in Houston, call the offices of Christoper T. Gore and learn more about how he can represent your case.