When preparing for trial in Florida, you might feel like your life is on hold. Because of the allegations against you, finding or maintaining a job, pursuing an education and even caring for your family may feel impossible.
During this time, you might feel exasperated and want to discuss your situation with anyone who shows a willingness to listen. However, use caution when discussing your case. Oversharing or divulging information to the wrong people could cause detrimental setbacks and jeopardize your freedom.
Consult your legal team
Your legal team works closely with the courts and has an accurate idea of where your case currently rests in the trial process. Prior to saying anything to anyone about your experience, consult your legal team. Ask for their feedback about how to approach inquiring parties. Make sure you understand who you can feel safe talking to and who you should avoid speaking to entirely.
Bear in mind that this type of confidentiality will not remain forever. According to the Florida Office of the Attorney General, you have the right to a speedy trial. Generally, this means your trial should happen within 180 days of your arrest for the pending charges. You will not need to remain secretive for the rest of your life, but right now maintaining your privacy will provide critical support and protection.
Set personal boundaries
Aside from the advice of your legal team, remember that you have no obligation to share the details of your situation with anyone. No one needs to know about the accusations against you or the events that transpired. Set boundaries for yourself and advocate for your rights and the protection of your freedom.
Approaching discussions of your trial with complete caution can help you avoid costly mistakes that may unnecessarily incriminate you.