Achieving a favorable outcome in a criminal case is only half the battle;
getting through the ordeal without your life falling apart along the way
is equally important.
If you're facing life in prison, it may be a good idea to forget about
everything else in your life and focus solely on fighting the charges
against you. In most cases, however, ignoring your other responsibilities
will only make things worse.
You may feel like no matter what you do, your career, your reputation,
your social life, or maybe even your family life is going to be ruined.
As I said earlier, being charged with a crime can ruin your life, but
it doesn't have to. Instead of focusing on worst case scenarios, focus
on getting through this with your career, your reputation, your relationships,
and every other important area of your life intact.
While balancing these interests, make sure you always appear in court on
time. Obviously you should avoid picking up any new cases, but this is
harder than it sometimes appears. Hanging out with the wrong people can
get you accused whether or not you've done anything wrong.