What Type of Documentation Do I Need to Help Me in Court?

Are you wondering what to bring with you to court?

In many cases, having the appropriate documentation will be the make or break in your criminal case as judges often use it to arrive at a decision. Don’t wait until the last minute to start gathering these important documents.

Common examples of useful documents for court include:

  • Letters from employers
  • Pay stubs
  • GED certificates
  • College schedules and transcripts
  • Community service verification forms
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting attendance forms
  • Private substance abuse treatment attendance forms
  • Community Services Board (CSB) attendance forms
  • Receipts demonstrating payment of restitution, court fines, and fees
  • Proof of payment plans for reinstatement of driver’s license
  • Driver’s improvement course certificates of completion

Keep in mind that some judges will attempt to verify the documents by calling the individual businesses or phone numbers who have been provided right there in the courtroom during the hearing.

This is especially true if you have a past criminal record or are currently charged with crimes of moral turpitude for lying, cheating, and stealing.

Furthermore, it always helps to have the documents you intend to present as evidence in court on company letterhead and notarized to further bolster credibility.

When in doubt as to what kinds or whether you should bring documentation to court, be sure to consult with and hire experienced local defense counsel.