Your first court date after YOU bonded of jail. Now what happens?
Your first court date. If you just bonded out of jail, you will have to be in court within a few days to two weeks. Know what to expect.
You first court date, an attorney at your side is the best thing. If you do not have an attorney on your first court date, he judge will reset your case to hire one. If you cannot hire a lawyer, request a court appointed lawyer from the cour. Either way, you will have an attorney to represent you in your case.
You first court date is for your attorney to sign on to your case. He can then access the offense report.
This will allow your lawyer to review the offense report. Sometimes the arresting agency has not turned in the report on your first court date. If this happens, the case will be reset until the offense report is available.
On your first court date, your lawyer will usually file a request under Sec. 39.14 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. This request will allow your lawyer to get copies of everything in the states file. This includes, videos recordings, audio recordings, witness statements and offense reports.
Your first court date will always get reset to a new date.
This gives you a chance to hire a lawyer. Or if you already have one, it give him a chance to review the evidence against you. Before the next court date, you will meet with our lawyer to discuss facts of your case. This cannot be accomplished on your first court date.
Your first court date may be reset several times after your first court date. There are several reasons for this. First the court is overloaded with cases and they cannot all be resolved quickly. Additionally, and more importantly, it gives your lawyer plenty of time to investigate your case and prepare your defense.
You don’t want your lawyer relying only on what the state says you did wrong. And you don’t want your lawyer relying on what is in the offense report. Your lawyer will want to do his own investigation. This means contacting witnesses, visiting the scene of the crime and consulting with experts.
Your lawyer may also contact other witnesses is not aware of. There may also be videos from sources the state did not think to get. There could also be other sources of beneficial information that a thorough investigation may turn up.
You want to give your lawyer time to do his work. Your first court date is not the time for your lawyer to work your case out. I have found evidence on many occasions that resulted in a dismissal of charges.
Your first court date is not the date for a trial or for you to plead guilty just to get the case over with.
Let your lawyer do his work. It can only benefit you to allow your lawyer to investigate. Nothing your lawyer finds out will hurt your case. This is because your lawyer is under no obligation to tell the prosecuting attorney what he knows or finds out. More importantly, your lawyer may find some evidence that will get your case dismissed altogether.
By:Andrew Williams, board certified criminal lawyer