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5 Vital Things To Tell Your Criminal Defense Attorney


When you are facing criminal charges, hiring a defense attorney is one of the most important decision you will make. However, even if you hire the best defense attorney, you cannot achieve the most favorable outcome if you don’t tell them everything they need to know. If you keep things from your attorney, you are inhibiting their ability to represent you to the best of their ability. You shouldn’t hesitate to share information with your attorney because what you share with your attorney is strictly confidential. The attorney-client privilege protects communications between you and your criminal defense attorney from being disclosed without your permission.

Below, we look at some crucial things you need to tell your criminal defense attorney.

Tell Your Attorney What Happened

One of the things you need to tell your attorney is what happened. Share all the details of what happened with your attorney, ensuring you walk them through it step by step. Talk to your attorney about the events leading up to the incident and what happened afterwards. Be sure to include any relevant dates, times, and locations. If you were involved in the crime, explain to your attorney your role in the crime, what you did, and any factors that may have influenced your actions. If you don’t know what happened or were not at the crime scene, ensure your attorney knows this.

Tell Your Attorney About Evidence

If you know about any evidence that can support your innocence or help clarify the situation, tell your attorney about it. For example, let your attorney know if you have an alibi. When you raise the alibi defense, you assert that you were in a different location at the time the alleged offense occurred and, therefore, couldn’t have committed the crime.

Tell Your Attorney About Witnesses

If you know someone who has relevant information to your situation, you should give their name and phone number to your attorney.  Your attorney will determine if the witness has legally relevant, and admissible, evidence that is beneficial to your case. Your defense attorney can prepare your witnesses to testify and secure their appearance in Court.

Tell Your Attorney About Your Statements to the Police

If you spoke to the police, you need to tell your attorney exactly what you said. You may think that what you said to the police is harmless, but the only way to be sure is by telling your defense attorney what you said to the police.

Tell Your Attorney Who You’ve Spoken To

Often, when people are charged with a crime, they need someone to talk to. It is often easy to speak to friends and family members when you are overwhelmed by the charges against you. You need to tell your attorney if you’ve talked to anyone about your case. Remember, when the prosecution is trying to form a case against you, they will look for anyone who can corroborate their case against you. Your attorney needs to know if you have talked to anyone about the details of your case so they can prepare a good defense for you.

Contact an Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges, our Indianapolis criminal defense lawyers at Rigney Law LLC can help and guide you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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