BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND DO. Here is some GREAT advice given by me and other attorneys to our clients about what to and not to do when you have a court case.

There is no such thing as “off the record.” Do not discuss your case with the Prosecutor, his assistants, the witnesses, or the court reporter during breaks or lunch. If you have a conversation with anybody in or around the Courthouse, be prepared for questions about that conversation when you get back in Court.

My experience with criminal cases has shown that when you least expect it, there is someone watching and listening to you. Therefore, you should consider yourself under observation from the time you leave your automobile until you return to it. Do not discuss the case during that time except with your Defense Attorney; in confidence.

Do not mingle with nor talk to the opposing or complaining witnesses, the Prosecutor, the court staff or any other person who might be connected with or interested in the case. Do not be drawn into pleasantries by the opposing or complaining witnesses, the Prosecutor, the court staff or any other person who might be connected with or interested in the case. If you see someone you know, make your greetings brief.

Do not accept from, nor give to, any of those persons any favors, however slight, such as rides, food or refreshments. Politely decline beverages or food. Do not smoke or chew gum or laugh or make clever remarks or curse while in the courtroom or in and around the courthouse.

Do not discuss anything about the case, or even mention it to anyone whomsoever, including your wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend until the case is over. If anyone attempts to discuss the case, report it to your Defense Attorney at once.