While none of us love going to court to prove our case, it helps if you understand the process and know how to be ready for it. It doesn’t really matter if you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer for a botched burglary or a little old lady who is suing your landlord for not de-icing your sidewalk where you slipped and broke your hip.
When it comes to heading to the courthouse for that case, you can make a difference if you make some good decisions beforehand. Being in the right does not automatically give you an advantage in your case, but preparing and making some smart decisions on how to proceed will make an impact. Here are a few ideas on how best to proceed.
Get a Lawyer
You know that old saying that the person who represents themselves in court has a fool for a client? Well if you don’t you do now, and it is especially true if you are in court for anything serious. In fact, don’t just get any lawyer, legal up with someone who knows all the ins and outs of the particular type of law that you will need help in for this case. They will know how to anticipate the direction of the case, understand all the many details of American law and make sure no stupid mistakes are made that may cost you the case.
Don’t Blow Deadlines
Nothing will kill a chance for a quick settlement faster than missing important deadlines, especially if it has to do with paperwork that needed to be filed by a specific date. True, hiring a lawyer should eliminate much of this, but it doesn’t guarantee it. Go over the dates when paperwork is to filed, who will be doing it at the law firm representing you and stay in touch to make sure they have all the information they need to file on time.
Organize the Evidence
No case can go forward without the evidence to support it, so make sure that your lawyer has everything they need to give proof. This could include such simple things as receipts, letters, copies of emails, photos and even videos from your cellphone.
Anything that you have that can support your side of the story is vital, and must be in hand before you go to court. Looking for this kind of documentation just before your court date could end in disaster. Go over all needed documentation with your legal representative early, and make sure that the person has everything they need well ahead of time.
If you want to completely kill any chances for the court case to succeed, just act improperly at court and you are pretty sure of it. It may make for great films but jumping up in court and yelling, acting rebellious or uncooperative and even just sitting and being silent and angry will not help your case.
Show respect for the court, the jurors if you have them and anyone who is connected with the court such as police officers who are giving testimony. You don’t want the court to question your side of the story, and they will if they view you as unreliable or unstable in any way.