If you have been arrested on a criminal matter, then it is very important that you start preparing your defense well in advance of the court date. Depending on the nature of your case, you will need to locate the contact information of all percipient, exculpatory and character witnesses. You will also need to gather all evidence that you believe shows or points to your innocence along with evidence that tends to impeach the credibility of the complaining witness. It is also a good idea to have your work information and proof of long-term residency in hand as these may become issues for purposes of bail. Having a seasoned criminal defense attorney prior to the court date is also extremely helpful.
Errol Cook, Esq.