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Preparing for your first court date can be a stressful experience. Here are 5 easy yet highly effective tips to prepare.

Check what charges the DA is filing

The charges filed by DA may be different from the charges for which the police arrested you because the police only need probable cause for an arrest, but the DA has to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Check the bail schedule

The bail schedule provides the judge a guide for determining the bail in a case. The judge can set bail as per the bail schedule or raise or lower the bail, depending upon various factors. This information can be helpful if you know the charges the DA is going to file.

Ask family and friends for support

The support of family and friends can make a big difference in some cases, especially if you have no criminal record and your charges are minor.

Be on time

Missing a court date can lead to a warrant for your arrest. Arriving late may be taken as a sign that you are not taking your charges seriously. So, plan in advance and reach on time.

Dress appropriately

Make a good first impression by dressing appropriately. Show respect for the court and the judge.


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Kerry L. Armstrong

Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm, the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, in June 2007. Prior to that, he was employed as the senior associate attorney for a large criminal defense firm in San Diego for nine years, eventually being placed in charge of that firm’s branch office in downtown San Diego. At one point, he was managing six attorneys at that firm, as well as several support staff and law clerks.

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