In our last blog, we covered how to behave in court when you arrive. Today, we’ll be covering the obligations you should make prior to arriving in court. Read Surviving Your Court Date – Part One, to prepare yourself for your day in court and how to act appropriately. Take a moment to understand the severity of your court date, so you’re able to make the best decisions possible while you’re facing the judge. In today’s blog post, we’ll be going over what to do before you head to court and the importance of utilizing your time appropriately. At HB Bail Bonds, located in Columbus and Dayton, OH, we want to ensure that you have the time you need to prepare for your court date. As a bail bonds company, we offer affordable bail bonds services to help you post bail and give you the time you need to organize your time for your court date. We strive to offer the best bail bonds services in the area because we know the importance of posting bail. Posting bail will give you the time you need to meet with a lawyer and prepare yourself for your court date. Take advantage of our bail bonds services by contacting us.
FIVE TIPS TO SURVIVE YOUR COURT DATE
We compiled a list of five tips to help you in the hours and days before you head into your court date. We want to make sure you are as prepared as possible in the days coming up and hours surrounding your time in court. It can be daunting as you wait for your court date to take place, but with these five tips you’ll be able to excel in court and be prepared. Learn more about our bail bonds services to see how we can assist you.
TALK TO YOUR LAWYER
So you’re out on bail; what’s the first thing you do? You need to find a lawyer or if you already have a lawyer, talk about your options and figure out the next steps you need to do. Discuss the situation with your lawyer and decide how to proceed. Once you’ve figured out a game plan, take the time to go over all of the questions you may have about the case and what could happen in court. If you’ve never been to court, you probably don’t know what to expect, which is why you should meet with your lawyer as often as possible so you are prepared. The day before you are due to appear in court, talk to your lawyer or talk to him or her on your court date before you head in. Ask your lawyer what is expected of you and go over any ins and outs you may have forgotten to address. Your lawyer is here to assist you and you’re paying him or her, so utilize your lawyer to the full extent. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions and be as honest as possible so you can work through the process together.
READ ALL DOCUMENTS THE COURT OUR YOUR LAWYER HAVE SENT YOU
Did you read the documents your lawyer gave you? Did you read the documents the courts sent you before your court date? If you haven’t even touched the documents that were given to you, then the very first thing you need to do is read each and every document sent to you. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity or on any details because you didn’t properly read the documents that were sent to you. Read everything that is mailed to you a couple times through, too. If you don’t understand what the documents are saying, then ask your attorney or someone you trust to look over the documents and help work through them with you. You don’t want to show up in court feeling clueless and looking oblivious because you didn’t take the time to read the documents in your possession.
If you’re do in court at 9 a.m., then get there at 8:45 a.m. or even 8:30 a.m. so you can properly prepare yourself. Make sure you arrive early to your court date so you don’t miss out on what’s going on. When you arrive early you will also be made aware of any changes to your courtroom number or the time etc. In addition, you can also go over last-minute details with your attorney as you wait outside the courtroom. When you arrive early you’ll also be able to make a good impression on the judge and he or she will take notice that you’re taking the situation seriously. Try to get to your court date at least 10 minutes early so you can talk to your lawyer too and go over any last minute questions or details you have yet to discuss. Lastly, arriving early will help curb your nerves. When you arrive early you can settle in
PLAN FOR CHILD CARE IF YOU HAVE A CHILD
If you have a child, plan for child care. You don’t want to have to scramble for last minute child care the day before or the day of your court date. You also don’t want to bring your child to the court with you no matter his or her age. Depending on what courthouse you’re going to, you might not even be able to bring your child with you. Take the time to find someone to care for your child the day before your court date because you don’t want to be late due to not finding the proper child care.
Bring someone, either for support or for a witness if needed. When you bring someone for support they can help you through any terrorizing thoughts you may be having about your court appearance. If you’re bringing someone in for support, make sure they arrive on time and are an encouraging person to have around so he or she can help with your nerves. If you’re bringing someone as a witness, make sure they arrive on time and have spoken to your lawyer to go over what needs to be discussed in court. You don’t want to bring a supportive person or a witness who is oblivious to what’s going on. Encourage them to come early as well so you can go over any last minute details with the lawyer.