Hiring a criminal defense attorney can help ease the stress and anxiety you inevitably feel when facing a criminal conviction, can potentially help you avoid prison, or can help get your sentence reduced. Before you call a criminal attorney, make sure you have the following information available in order to assist your attorney with your case. First, if you’re already represented by another attorney, make sure to disclose that immediately. Next, your attorney will first want to know whether you have already been arrested. He or she will also want to know whether you have been arraigned. If any court dates have been set, make sure you know when they are and have all court related documents available. Finally, you should bullet out your situation briefly and include a timeline of events. This will not only help your attorney, but will keep the facts fresh in your memory. Remember, anything you tell your attorney is confidential so make sure you disclose all matters even remotely related to your case.