Whether you are facing a criminal felony or misdemeanor case you’re concerned about criminal penalties and their long-term effects.
What Will It Be Like on My First Day in Court?
Your first day in court can be very nerve racking. It’s common for a client to feel very anxious and not sleep well the night before their first day in court. I’m aware that this commonly happens, and when hired as your attorney, will help you to calm down and understand the process. In my experience, new clients begin to relax and feel more comfortable by knowing I am there to help them.
In general, on your first day in court, one of three (3) things may happen:
- You discover the DA is not going to file criminal charges. In that event, your case is over and you are free to go;
- The DA hasn’t filed criminal charges yet pending further investigation– such as waiting for drug or alcohol test results. If this happens, you will be given a new court date or told you will receive a letter in the mail telling you when you need to be in court if the DA eventually decides to file charges; or
- The DA has filed criminal charges against you and has a penalty offer for you. If this happens you will be asked if you want to accept the penalty offered by the DA by pleading guilty or no contest or get a lawyer to help you. If you choose to hire your own lawyer you will be given a new court date for you and/or your lawyer to appear. In most misdemeanor cases your lawyer may go to court for you.
Many decide to hire an attorney before their first court date. In that event, the lawyer will tell you if you must appear with him in court and will explain your options. This is something I’ve done thousands of times in thousands of cases.
I would like to put my many years of experience to work for you now.
For a free, no obligation, initial consultation I may be reached at 916-444-1400 or through the contact form on this website.
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