Preparing for Time in Jail Following a Guilty Plea or Verdict
When you are charged with a criminal offense, your best course of action is to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight the charge. In some cases, however, going to jail is inevitable. This could be because the court has found you guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt or because you accepted a plea bargain, which permits you to plead guilty to a lesser offense than your original charge.
Going to jail is not the end of your life. It is not pleasant; it is something to get through. And getting through your incarceration is much easier if you go into jail with knowledge about what to expect and be prepared for what your time in prison will entail.
Get Your Finances in Order
When you are incarcerated, you cannot manage your own finances. If you are married, make sure your spouse can access all of your accounts while you are unavailable to do so. Otherwise, have your attorney take over your financial affairs for you. The person in charge of your finances while you are in jail is the one who can disburse money to your account at the prison commissary.
Learn About the Facility Where You Will Be
Try to find as much information about your facility as possible before entering it. This will help you prepare for living there and potentially plan for how you will spend your time. For example, you might want to research the correspondence courses or work opportunities you can take advantage of while incarcerated.
Enter Jail as Healthy as Possible
Jail is typically not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Invest in your long-term health by taking care of all your outstanding medical needs before you begin your incarceration. This means:
- Going for a physical.
- Getting your prescriptions filled.
- Updating prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Getting a dental check-up.
- Working with a mental health professional to process your thoughts and emotions about going to jail.
Plan for How You Will Spend Time in Jail
As mentioned above, many facilities have classes, jobs, and other opportunities for inmates to pass the time and develop skills they can use when they are released. Once you have researched the opportunities at your facility, make a plan for how you will take advantage of them.
Facility-provided opportunities do not have to be your only plan for your time in jail. Other goals you might want to plan to work toward include:
- Getting in shape.
- Reconnecting with people you have lost touch with over the years.
- Overcoming addiction, anger issues, or other challenges.
Work With an Experienced St. Charles Criminal Defense Lawyer
Even with a well-crafted legal defense strategy, there is the possibility that you will be sentenced to incarceration. You may be able to avoid jail time by working with an experienced Naperville criminal defense attorney at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC now. If you have been convicted of a crime, we can help you explore your options for an appeal. To learn more, schedule your initial consultation at our Geneva office by calling 630-232-1780 or at our Naperville office by calling 630-232-1780.