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How to Identify the Proper Documents for Your Court Date

As with so many things in life, preparation is key to a successful outcome when you head to court. Having the proper documentation can make the difference between a joyful reunion with your family or a very disappointing outcome that costs you time and money. Here are some tips on how to identify and locate the proper documents for your court date.

Why are Documents Important in Court?

Courts are overburdened and have to process a high volume of cases in a very short period of time. Unless you can back your claims up with documentation, the court is placed in a “he said, she said” scenario. When you are up against a skilled and experienced prosecutor, you need every legal weapon you can muster to make your case as clearly and powerfully as possible. Documentation is a great way to accomplish that goal.

What Types of Documents Can I Use?

Choose the documents that best back up your version of events and your individual circumstances. Some example of document types include:

  • Contracts
  • Letters
  • Receipts
  • Bills
  • Photographs
  • Authenticated digital data

How do I Choose Which Documents to Bring?

The documentation you bring to court should work to support your arguments. If you are asking for reduced bail, be sure to bring proof that you lack the income and assets needed to make a higher bail. Once your trial date arrives, choose documentation that supports your defense. It’s important to bring anything that can back up your arguments, but avoid overwhelming the court with irrelevant documents.

How Should I Prepare the Documents?

You don’t want to hand over a pile of crumpled paper. Make an effort to present your documentation professionally. Everything should be printed on high-quality paper and checked for legibility. An unreadable document is worthless and will only frustrate the court. Photos should be printed in color on photo paper and protected in a file folder or envelope. Be sure to make three copies of everything. You’ll retain one copy, the opposing party will receive another, and the court will need the third copy.

At Free at Last Bail Bonds, we understand the importance and urgency of reuniting families. That’s why so many residents of Atlanta, Douglasville, GA, and DeKalb County, Clayton County, and surrounding areas trust the Free at Last Bail Bonds team with their bail needs. If you or a loved one needs bail bond services, choose a provider with a reputation for excellence and professionalism. The Free at Last team is here for you 24 hours a day at 470-410-3409, so don’t hesitate to reach out as needed.

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