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