The first step in any case is to make sure you have the right attorney. Since this person is responsible for a very serious problem you are facing – you must trust your lawyer and his experience and ability. Once you have selected the right attorney, the case begins with a thorough investigation of all the facts and evidence in your case. This stage is very important because the evidence is what controls the case. Witness must be located, evidence must be collected and the prosecutor’s evidence must be analyzed. The next step is to develop a strategy to achieve your goals. In some cases this might mean negotiations and in others it may mean a jury trial. This case strategy is something you and your lawyer will develop throughout your case.