Should I tell my family member, religious leader, therapist, employer, doctor or friend to come to court to talk to the judge?

No. You should let them know your criminal defense lawyer wants to speak with them. Your lawyer is the conductor of this symphony and the character witnesses all could have a role to play. But your lawyer should decide that role. Generally, the prosecutor or the judge is not going to want to hear from any of these people until the time is right. That could be at a bond hearing or a sentencing or another hearing. Your lawyer should be able to develop a plan regarding if and when they might testify.

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