3 Reasons You Should Not Represent Yourself in Court

March 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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You are a reasonably intelligent person and believe you can tackle anything you set your mind to. When it comes to dealing with a small legal matter, you think that the more you read, the more ready you will be to save some money and handle it yourself. While some things, like traffic tickets, might be acceptable to handle alone, other legal matters may not. If you are charged with a crime, for example, you want to have the best defense you can afford. The reasons for this are plentiful, but take a look at these top three. Failing to be represented by a professional lawyer may result in dire consequences now and for your future.

  1. Lawyers Know the Legal System

The legal system is built on a complicated set of rules and regulations. Not only do lawyers know the local and federal laws that apply to most situations,but they also know how to handle matters relating to them. There are so many complex issues when it comes to the interpretation of these laws, that an attorney may be able to find a way to help you around something that you would never have thought of on your own. Aside from this, the legal system has a pretty disciplined way of handling things like timelines and deadlines for submitting documents. Not knowing these things as a citizen will not grant you any grace from a judge.

  1. Lawyers Know the People Prosecuting You

Another benefit of having a lawyer is that they have done this many times before. In these dealings, they have had reason to conduct business with all the attorneys who may try to prosecute you. Having the insight into how a prosecutor functions is a huge benefit when preparing your defense and case. For example, your attorney may know that the prosecutor likes to see a defendant volunteer to do community service before it is even ordered, or volunteer to pay restitution. Taking these actions may help your case move along favorably and expeditiously.

  1. Lawyers Can Provide You the Best Chance at Walking Away

Your lack of knowledge about the legal system will hinder your case. You may let your emotions take control, or you may miss an important detail in your case, then the judge won’t let you fix it. Regardless, you have a better chance of getting a reduced charge or having it dismissed completely with an attorney than without one.

Taking a chance with your future is something you don’t want to do. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer, like a criminal defense lawyer in Rockville, MD, may be the best investment you will make.



Thanks to the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright for their insight into some of the reasons you should not represent yourself in court, and why hiring a lawyer is of the utmost importance. 

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