Stay Strong: How to Remain Positive Throughout the Trial Process

When an individual is charged with a crime, one of the options available is to go to trial and defend yourself. If you have made a decision to proceed to trial before a jury or a judge, it is important to stay calm and act appropriately during the time leading up to trial and during the trial itself. With that in mind, although a trial can be extremely stressful and nerve-wracking, it’s important to keep your composure. Here are a few tips:

Avoid Rush Decision Making  

It is easy to create complications for your case when you are under increased stress. Most people tend to panic and alter or altogether eliminate evidence stored in the form of physical documents or computer files. Whether or not the evidence works in your favor, do not alter or attempt to destroy it as this is a crime and can lead to additional charges.  

Get Enough Sleep  

Studies have shown that getting enough sleep is essential for relaxation and reduced stress. Being stressed and sleep-deprived during your trial can make it difficult to stay focused and assist your attorney. Some of the things you can do to enhance your sleep include:  

  • Setting a sleep schedule: Set a specific time to sleep and wake up every day, including on weekends  
  • Limiting your caffeine and nicotine intake: These items can affect your ability to fall asleep. If possible, avoid consuming these products at least 6 hours before bedtime  
  • Limiting screen time: The light from your smartphone, computer, and television can impact the quality of your sleep, so stay screen-free at least one hour before going to sleep
  • Avoiding alcohol before bed: It can be tempting to drown your sorrows in a bottle, but this is just temporary relief and will affect your sleep time in the long run  


Exercise has been shown to reduce stress and increase feelings of positivity. The good news is that any form of exercise is sufficient to relieve the mounting pressure of your trial. For one thing, it will take your mind off your case. Your options are only limited by your imagination and your physical ability. You can decide to do a 5-mile run in the morning, go for a quick swim, 30 minutes of yoga, a long bike ride, a kickboxing class, etc. Exercise improves your mood by increasing the production of hormones known as neurotransmitters. The result is improved self-confidence, as well as reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.  

Engage in Meditation  

Meditation is a cost-free way to boost feelings of positivity. Meditation allows you to stop thinking about the stresses of your case and the uncertainty of the future and simply embrace the present moment. The technique has been proven to restore calmness and build inner peace within a few minutes. Emotional benefits of meditation include:  

  • Improved creativity  
  • Increased patience
  • Increased self-awareness  
  • Improved stress management skills  
  • Reduced negative emotions  
  • Increased tolerance in stressful situations, such as your Trial  

If you are facing prosecution for a crime, you are probably aware of the importance of hiring an experienced, aggressive lawyer to fight against those charges. Whatever your circumstances, remember to exercise your Miranda rights and then contact Barry M. Wax at (305) 373-4400 as soon as possible to learn what your options are.

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