Burlington VT Lawyers

Preparing to Meet with Your Attorney Regarding a Criminal Matter

If you have been arrested or cited into court to face a criminal allegation it is important to see an attorney to discuss your possible claim.

Before you see your attorney, gather documents and other information you may have regarding the criminal matter.

Bring this information with you to give your attorney. You may have different types of information depending on your situation, or your attorney may ask you to bring additional information not listed in this checklist.

You may not possess all of the information below. Many clients have very little information. The attorneys at Jarvis, McArthur & Williams, LLC are very well aware of how to obtain the below information and can obtain the information even if the client does not have possession of the information.

General information and documentation related to your injury may include:

  1. The date, time, and location of the incident that resulted in the criminal citation or arrest
  2. Names and addresses of any witnesses to the incident
  3. The name of the police officer investigating the incident
  4. Sworn statement of witnesses
  5. Statements you wrote immediately following the incident
  6. Notes that you or witnesses took regarding the incident
  7. A copy of an accident report
  8. Copies of any written statements
  9. Any other documentation, including hospitalization
  10. Copies of any correspondence you have had with any parties involved in the incident, including letters, emails, etc...
  11. Medical bills
  12. Receipts for anything you've had to buy or fix because of the incident
  13. Citation to appear in court
  14. Documentation/Notices that must be filled out and returned to applicable state/federal agencies
  15. Traffic tickets/warnings related to the incident
  16. Photographs regarding the incident
  17. Any statements you may have given to your insurance company or the other party's insurance company
  18. Medical records
  19. Records of any psychological/psychiatric care or treatment needed due to the incident
  20. Any information you may have about any other party involved in the criminal matter or witnesses, including name, address, phone number, make/model/color of car, license plate number, insurance company, location at the time of the incident and/or description of what they saw

If your injuries are due to a car accident, there may be other types of documents and information you should bring to your attorney, including:

  1. Proof of premium payments, including statements, bills, cancelled checks, receipts or anything you have to show that your insurance premium has been paid
  2. Information exchanged at the time of the accident, including names, contact information from the other party or witnesses or any correspondence with any of the parties after the accident
  3. Information you gave the police at the time of the accident, including the police report
  4. Traffic tickets related to the accident
  5. Photographs of any property damage caused by the accident
  6. Any statements you may have given to your insurance company or the other party's insurance company
  7. Medical records
  8. Records of any psychological/psychiatric care or treatment needed due to the accident
  9. Any information you may have about the other driver in the accident, pedestrians or witnesses, including name, address, phone number, make/model/color of car, license plate
  10. number, insurance company, location at the time of the accident and/or description of what they saw
  11. Date, time, location of the accident
 

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