Do you really need to hire a lawyer, or can you represent yourself in a legal matter?

Although you may be tempted to save some money by representing yourself in court, hiring an attorney is by far the better option, and can save you even more trouble and expense in the long run.

Why You Should Hire An Attorney

Here is our list of five reasons hiring an attorney is a good plan:

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Law Is Complicated

Lawyers don’t spend 3-4 years in graduate school for nothing. The law is incredibly complex, and legal proceedings are meticulous and drawn out and require a clear mind with experience to be able to come out the other side successfully.

While you may know a lot about your particular case, and have the advice of many non-legal experts, an experienced attorney is a must for understanding the ins and outs of your particular case.

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Legal Procedure

Legal procedure is meticulous and complicated, and having an attorney who knows what paperwork to file, at what time, and with whom is invaluable. An experienced criminal defense attorney has defended cases similar to yours before, and knows how to best defend your case.
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You're Not Sure How To Plead

At your arraignment, you might be tempted to plead “guilty,” which could turn disastrous for your case. A lawyer will be able to tell you exactly how to plead at every point in your case, and can give his professional opinion on the best way to plead.

Emotionally Detached

While this may be one of the most stressful times in your life, the reality is that this is simply another day in court for your lawyer. He is far enough away from the case and the matters at hand to be swayed, and his judgement is likely more objective and realistic than the judgements of any of the other parties involved. This is one reason lawyers, when they are defendants, will hire a different attorney to represent them. Having an objective legal mind on your team is invaluable.

It May Be Less Expensive

If you are facing criminal charges, the penalties can include hefty fines, or even a prison sentence. While hiring an attorney up front may seem expensive, avoiding large payments later and keep your freedom are worth the legal fees.

Conclusion

It is in your best interest as a defendant to hire a lawyer. But what if you can’t afford one?

Don’t worry!

Our Constitution provides for that. Those who are not able to afford a lawyer are not unfairly penalized; the court provides an attorney for these “indigent” defendants free of charge. While personal lawyers have more familiarity with your case, these public defense attorneys are able to adequately represent you in your time of need.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney that can help zealously defend your case. Contact us at Minick Law, P.C. for a free consultation on your case.

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