CLIENT UPDATE, PLANNING, AND ASSIGNMENTS MEETING V:
- 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.