It is important to get the most out of your lawyer. Find out the best time and place to call your lawyer in case you need to talk before your court date. Ask your lawyer if there are other ways to contact him or her, like an email address or fax number. Make sure your lawyer has a way to contact you. If you move, make sure to give your lawyer your new contact information.
Your lawyer is there to represent YOU. Everything you tell him or her is confidential. This means that your lawyer is not allowed to tell anyone – the judge, another lawyer, a person from ACS, or anyone else – anything you say without your permission.
Discuss your situation with your lawyer before making any big decisions about your case. Make sure you are comfortable with the decisions before agreeing to them. Ask for more time if you need it. Remember, you can make all of the decisions in your case. Your lawyer is there to assist you by giving advice and information, not by making the decisions for you.