If I was drunk and kicked a cop car and am being charged with vandalism and public intoxication, how do I prepare for court?

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If I was drunk and kicked a cop car and am being charged with vandalism and public intoxication, how do I prepare for court?

I cannot afford a lawyer.

Asked on September 16, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you believe that you did not do the things you are accused of, make sure you bring any witnesses who will testify on your behalf and/or any evidence. For example: friends or family who were there and saw what happened; photos or video, if anyone used a cell phone or other camera; etc. The same thing goes if you feel the police officer did something wrong and want to raise his wrongdoing (e.g. excessive violence or roughness): make sure you have any evidence and witnesses.

When you are at court, make sure you are respectful of everyone:  prosecutor, police, and especially the judge. Nothing will hurt your case more than showing "attitude" in court.

Be prepared to agree to any classes, counseling, etc. that are  recommened--that will help. If you are in or have begun any classes or counseling that will show that you are trying to make sure this doesn't happen again--such as AA, anger management, etc.--be sure to mention them and consider having a witness from the class accompany you, to testify to your good participation.


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