When representing yourself in court, no matter how minor the charge you're facing, you are immediately put at a serious disadvantage. One thing that most people don't know, though, is that with the proper know-how they can represent themselves effectively in court. One absolute key to doing so, however, is the art of speaking with the prosecutor. Here is a list of steps that you can take to speak with your prosecutor before your court date and see if you can't come to a reasonable solution without even setting foot in the courtroom.
Show up at the courthouse at least a few hours before your case is set to be heard. Doing so will maximize your chances of getting in to talk with the prosecutor and will minimize the chance that the prosecutor will already be in court arguing another case.
Find out where your case is being heard and in front of which judge it will appear. If you don't already know this information, simply ask the security personnel at the main entrance where you can find out about this information. The security guards are generally very helpful sources of basic, generalized information. Use them appropriately.
Head in that general direction. Somewhere in the vicinity of the courtroom there will be a room set up for attorneys and prosecutors to prepare and relax. This is the room you're seeking. If you can't find it, find a court clerk or attorney and ask them where the room is located.
Know what to say. Be honest with her and upfront about all the issues, while simultaneously trying to persuade her that you are a good person who deserves another chance.
- Do not offend the prosecutor or anyone else who works at the court. Doing so can have extremely negative effects on the outcome of your case. If you make things personal, she may end up with a vendetta against you.
- Remember, the prosecutor is not trying your case for personal reasons. It's simply his job. Therefore, remaining pleasant and reasonable will greatly improve your chances of getting what you want.