Should You Hire An Attorney For Criminal Defense Cases?
Technically speaking, you can choose to represent yourself in a criminal case. However, we highly advise against this for a number of reasons.
If you are charged with a crime, you need a good trial lawyer. There are some things that you will encounter which will cause great difficulty for you in the criminal justice system. Many times, we have observed cases where the person accused of a crime attempted to represent him or herself without a lawyer.
Imagine trying to carefully strategize and win a game of chess when you don’t even know the rules. There are many important aspects of your criminal case that can cripple you if you attempt to handle the case without a good trial lawyer.
We will discuss two of these aspects so you get an idea of the necessity of good representation:
Lack Of Credibility
A prosecutor will probably not negotiate with you because you don’t possess the credibility to sit down with an adverse lawyer and discuss how your case will be viewed by a judge or jury. The prosecutor knows that you don’t know what you are doing.
In our experience, one of the best ways to get prosecutors to listen is to convince them there is a real risk that they may not be able to win at trial. For legal reasons, a judge may not let them introduce certain evidence at trial or an element of the crime charged may be weak. Prosecutors are more likely to acknowledge potential problems in your case if they are brought to their attention by an experienced trial lawyer who has earned their respect.
Inability To Win At Trial
It is very unlikely you can effectively present your case and prevail at trial without a good trial lawyer. All the evidence in your favor does little good if you can’t get it admitted. All the preparation you attempt to do will be for nothing if you don’t understand the legal system and how to predict what will happen at trial.
You wouldn’t go to a professional boxing match thinking you could climb into the ring, throw a lucky punch and walk away with a title belt. The reality is that you would probably walk away in need of medical attention, if you walked away at all.
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There are so many facets of a criminal case that a good trial lawyer can help you with. We have explained only two here.
When you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, you want peace of mind that your case or your loved one’s case is being handled by an experienced professional who can achieve the best possible result. Email me or call 602-730-7857 today to schedule a consultation.
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