Being charged with a criminal offense is serious business. It should be viewed with the gravest of lenses, and it’s not the time to put your Do-It-Yourself attitude on display.
When you have a toothache, it is not recommended that you yank the suspect tooth out on your own, just because you own a set of pliers. Having a hammer and some nails doesn’t mean you’re qualified to build a house yourself.
Having a rudimentary knowledge of the law does not mean you can adequately defend yourself in court.
Representing Yourself is a Bad Idea
Just as you need medicine when you’re sick, you need an attorney for a criminal defense case.
Let’s take a look at some of the reason that representing yourself in a court of law is not beneficial:
- A trained, qualified attorney knows what your rights are. As a person charged with a crime, you have rights. An attorney’s job is to ensure that those rights are protected.
- An attorney has the knowledge to understand and make sure you know the charges that you are facing. The law is complex and has many intricacies that only trained law professionals are equipped to grasp fully.
- A local criminal defense attorney has experience working with the judges, district attorneys, and other personnel around the courthouse. They know the personalities and idiosyncrasies of the people working in the local system and how all the players work within that system.
- Being familiar with the inner-workings of local government gives the attorney a distinct advantage. He or she will most likely know which D.A.’s are more or less likely to offer a plea bargain, or have an idea of what that plea bargain might look like.
- An attorney for a criminal defense can work for a lesser punishment, such as reduced jail time, or even probation. While you could argue for these on your own, an attorney understands the nuances of legal language that far improve the chances for a favorable outcome.
- If a conviction is handed down, a skilled lawyer can help you navigate the next steps, for example, an appeals process. The need for legal representation doesn’t necessarily end when the jury makes their proclamation.
The Bottom Line
Experience is valuable. There’s a reason that doctors, lawyers, and other professionals are required to go through extended schooling and testing to practice in their fields.
You have a constitutionally protected right to have competent counsel. That means that, even if you can’t afford an attorney, the government will provide one for you. This speaks to the importance of a qualified, skilled attorney working on your behalf.
Should you find yourself faced with an arrest or charges filed against you, turn to a reputable attorney for your criminal defense. They can give you the best chance possible in what lies ahead for you.
Abraham Lincoln said, “A man who represents himself has a fool for a client.” He wasn’t called “Honest Abe” for nothing.
Submitted By Orlando Criminal Law Firm:
Whitney S. Boan, P.A.
390 N Orange Ave #2300
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 413-9569