Why Shouldn't I Represent Myself in My Criminal or DUI Case?
Updated: Aug 21, 2018
In the age of the internet, where Google answers all of our questions, and YouTube gives us excellent tutorials demonstrating how to do things, more and more people find themselves not wanting to hire a professional when they can learn to do something themselves. But when it comes to the law you are almost always better off hiring an experienced attorney, especially in a criminal or DUI case where your freedom is at stake.
The Law is Complicated
There's a reason lawyers have to go through three years of training, plus passing the bar exam before they are able to practice law. The law is complicated! Not to mention there are a lot of court procedures that must be followed throughout the duration of a case. And with the stress of an arrest already looming over you, the last thing you need is to try and learn both the law and its procedures in time to represent yourself successfully. A good criminal/DUI lawyer knows the law inside and out, and will be able to launch the best defense possible based on the individual facts of your case.
Experienced Trial Lawyers Are the Way to Go
When you're choosing the right attorney for you, you'll want to look for two particular attributes. You want an attorney with a lot of trial experience, and excellent communication skills.
Skilled trial attorneys know how to analyze the charges against you and choose the best defenses. They also know how to deal effectively with the prosecutors and judges. They can anticipate what the prosecutor will use to try and convict you and will plan your defense accordingly.
You also want a lawyer who will communicate with you. Too many times lawyers take a case and handle it without telling the client what is going on. But the best defenses are a team effort. You want a lawyer that keeps you informed the entire way through.
If you have questions on self representation, or on choosing the right lawyer, call my office. We'd be happy to answer your questions, or sit down with you for a free consultation regarding your case.