When you face Georgia criminal charges, you know you need a good criminal defense attorney. After all, a conviction could put your freedom at stake.
If this is the first you have ever been charged with a crime, you likely are completely unfamiliar with the process. Consequently, you do not know about the discovery process and how important it is to your defense. FindLaw explains that discovery takes place prior to your trial. This is the period during which the prosecutor must, by law, turn over information to your attorney such as the following:
- Copy of any written or oral statement(s) you made to law enforcement officers
- Copy of your past criminal record
- Names of and contact information for any co-defendant(s)
- Copy of each document on which (s)he intends to rely at trial
- Copy of each test result on which (s)he intends to rely at trial
- List of the witnesses (s)he intends to call against you at trial