When the Stakes Are High, We Stand Strong by Your Side Contact Us Now

What to Expect When Facing Criminal Charges

Kevin Phelps Sept. 6, 2022

If you are facing criminal charges, you may not know exactly what to expect. This is especially true if you have never experienced this before. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare mentally and emotionally for the hearing. Consequently, it can increase your confidence in yourself which will have a major impact on your courtroom experience. 

Fair Court Hearing

With criminal charges, you are given a chance to have a fair court hearing. This allows for a fair presentation of evidence, different sides of the story and situation, and unbiased judgment. You will be given a date, time, and location for the hearing and, thus, be able to prepare for it. At the hearing, there will be a judge assigned to your case who will listen carefully to the evidence presented.

Opportunity to Defend Yourself

During the hearing, you will be given an opportunity to defend yourself. Keep your statements concise and factual to honor the judge’s time and to make a good impression. Make sure that you are clear about what happened and can convey your story comprehensively. In your defense (literally), you do not have to do it all by yourself. You are allowed to hire a defense attorney who can speak eloquently on your behalf. A criminal defense attorney can greatly boost your defense since they know legalistic lingo, understand the charges and laws, and are experienced presenters in court.


Once you have had a chance to defend yourself and all other evidence has been discussed during the hearing, it is then time for a verdict. The judge will take adequate time to review the information and ask any further questions. Then, based on what has been presented and the facts of the case, the judge will deliver their verdict and apply any charges they deem appropriate. Whatever the judge decides will determine any future steps you need to take.

When you know what to expect out of your upcoming court hearing, it makes the situation much less stressful and intimidating. With a criminal defense attorney, you can prepare well and thoroughly for your hearing. Finding the best way to clearly and respectfully defend yourself in court will make a great impression on the judge. Furthermore, it will help you defend your case to the best of your ability.

If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney who can expertly help you build your case and present it during the hearing, reach out to Dave Clark Law here today.