Step 4: Trial Implementation


  • If trial date is set, begin trial preparation immediately.
  • Understanding of current status of case.
  • Answer questions.
  • Continue to review client assignments, timelines.
  • Next step in case (court hearing and/or appearance).


  • Client MUST attend trial. Usually, client will NOT testify at trial.
  • Draft and file pre-trial motions.
  • Motions to be argued before start of trial.
  • Based on facts of case, knowledge of law, and vast legal experience, vigorously defend client at trial, presenting all evidence and argument before a jury. After a jury hears all of the evidence and argument from counsel they will render a final verdict in the case. If they find not guilty, the case is over and the client will have no criminal record. If they find for guilt, a sentencing date will be set.


  • Prior to actual sentencing hearing, client must be interviewed by a probation officer.
  • Probation officer will prepare a recommendation for probation to the court.
  • Prior to interview, critical insight and recommendations will be provided to client in order to present client in best possible light.
  • Judge will review probation report.
  • Prosecutor will make arguments in aggravation.
  • Present a statement in mitigation.
  • Judge to make final decision.


  • Probation could be either formal or informal and could consist of:
  • The usual period of probation is three years.
  • Jail (county or state).
  • Paying fines.
  • Attend meetings with probation officer.
  • Attend other meetings, as mandated.
  • Drug testing.
  • Staying clean and/or sober.
  • Remaining law-abiding.
  • Consequences if probation is broken.

Trial Implementation



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