The Dos and Don'ts of Preparing for a Hearing


If you are caught doing something illegal or you are under suspicion of breaking the law, local police may put out a warrant for your arrest.

If the nature of your case or charge allows you to avoid jail time until your hearing and court case, you may be able to use bail bonds Scranton PA to secure your release after your initial booking. Once that happens, you need to meet with a lawyer and prepare for your hearing.

Things You Should Do

On the day of your hearing, it is very important that you be on time to the courthouse. Your case could get called early, and if you aren’t there, a warrant could be issued for your arrest on failure to show charges. As you meet with your attorney and gather documents for your case, keep them organized and in a file that you can bring to the courthouse. Take notes of everything that goes on related to your case; don’t just rely on your attorney to give you a copy of important information. Have secondary copies ready for important documentation that can be handed over to the judge or opposing side if needed. If you have a suspended license, make sure your travel arrangements have been made well in advance. Dress professionally and respectfully as well.

Things You Shouldn’t Do

The court may send you notices or paperwork to be completed before your hearing date. Don’t delay in your response; answer them immediately. Avoid memorizing answers to the questions you think might be asked, as this can make your testimony sound unnatural and unbelievable. Never lie in your statements or answers. The smallest white lie can jeopardize your credibility, but you can also subject to fines or other consequences for lying during a court case.

Your attorney should give instructions as to how to approach your hearing, but your goal should be to present your case in the best possible light. This means dressing, behaving, and responding with credibility and professionalism.

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