Legal proceedings are often long and drawn out. Some last months or even a year, maybe longer. If you are hoping for a shorter court case, take the following steps to reduce the amount of time and money you will have to invest in your court case.
Hire an Attorney
A criminal defense attorney can advise you on the rights and responsibilities of your legal case. The attorney can explain the timeline and costs associated with your situation and prepare you for the various proceedings that are expected to take place. Instead of listening to well-meaning friends or relying on information found online that may not be up to date or relevant to your case, find an attorney who specializes in this area of law who can help you work toward a speedy resolution.
Your attorney will let you know what is needed for your legal appointments and court appearances. Get everything that is requested and organize it so the information is easy to understand. The attorney can assist with this. Required forms often include a police report, medical receipts or reports, lost wages statement, and documents of that type that provide evidence in support of the case.
Comply as Directed
You may be required to attend meetings with your attorney. You also might need to participate in proceedings like hearings, a deposition, or a trial if the case continues to move forward. You may also be asked to provide additional information or the names of potential witnesses. Be sure to arrive on time and bring any required documents or information. Avoid postponing legal meetings unless absolutely necessary. Be honest and detailed when providing information to whichever side requests it, guided by your attorney. Dress as advised for court proceedings. Avoid contacting your attorney’s office too often for updates; he or she will keep you informed in general.
Be Willing to Negotiate
To shorten the length of a court case, you may want to consider the possibility of settling instead of going to trial. This can save time and money as well as reduce stress by eliminating a long-term process in favor of a quicker conclusion. Discuss this option with your attorney to weigh the pros and cons when making a decision.
Going to court is never easy. It can take a long time and a series of meetings and hearings to reach the end. To move things along more quickly, follow steps like those explained above.
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