What Happened from Your Point of View?

In legal briefs, a statement of facts is the section where the attorneys tell the court all the relevant background information for the case. When you prepare a statement of facts, you need to include all information about the incident whether you think it is relevant or not.

Some of the information to include in the statement of facts is:

  • date and time of day;
  • weather conditions;
  • police agencies involved (e.g., CHP, LAPD, Sacramento County Sheriff, etc.);
  • officers names/badge numbers;
  • who was with you;
  • who witnessed the events;
  • what did the police say and do;
  • what did you say and do;
  • what did the people with you say and do;
  • what happened before the police contacted you;
  • what happened while the police were with you; and
  • so forth.

Because memories fade and rehashing events in your head can lead to changing recollections over time, it is absolutely vital that you write down what happened in as much detail as possible immediately after the incident. If you were cited and released at the scene, write down the information right there at the scene before you leave (or, at the latest, right when you get home). If you were arrested, write down what happened as soon as you are allowed to have a pencil and paper.

The sooner you write down what happened, the more help it will be to your attorney and in refreshing your recollection of what happened months down the line if the case makes it to trial.

If you have been involved in an incident that you fear may make you the target of a police investigation or if you have been contacted by police or arrested already, write down your statement of facts (all the information about the incident you can remember) and call a criminal defense attorney at the American Justice Center for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.