Many criminal cases never go to trial. If you face a different situation, you have a complex road ahead.
Knowing that Maryland circuit court judges deal with thousands of cases every year, you likely have to wait months to finally get your day in court. As the date approaches, consider the below to prepare yourself.
1. Stay away from social media
The prosecutor may use anything you post online against you. In criminal cases, you already had much of your social media records subpoenaed. Even if you think a message or post will stay private, it has a good chance of becoming public. Avoiding social media helps you not incriminate yourself. Additionally, do not delete any posts as that may get construed as obstructing justice.
2. Avoid third-party discussions
You should only discuss your case with your attorney. While you may want to share how you feel with a close friend or family member, keep any specifics of the case to yourself. A simple slip of the tongue may easily hurt your case even if done by accident.
3. Stay out of trouble
While you should continue living your life, such as going to work and spending time with family, keep life simple and basic. Stay away from people who find it easy to sway you into making bad decisions. If you end up getting a new charge before a trial, it may affect its outcome.
4. Get yourself mentally prepared
A trial comes with uncertainties and no guarantees. Trying to stay calm and focused often helps you deal with the complex emotions you feel.
Once court day arrives, you can make a good impression by arriving on time, dressing appropriately and remaining respectful.