Can you represent yourself when faced with a criminal charge? Yes you can, but no you should not. These are some facts.
- Being right means little unless you can convince the prosecutor, judge, or jury that you are right and make them understand why.
- What seems simple at first may quickly become complicated, especially if you do not know what is around the next turn in the process.
- If your case goes badly, you may regret representing your self, but by then it may be too late.
- The law is complex, including for example the rules the police must follow, the rules to follow with the court (e.g., State and Local Rules of Criminal Procedure), the rules regarding the presentation of your case (e.g., Rules of Evidence), the potential implications of the charges, the statutes that define the crimes, and the thousands upon thousands of cases that interpret the rules and statutes and your Constitutional rights.
- Attorneys are the professionals who are trained to understand these laws, how they may relate to you, and how to protect your rights and interests.
We simply cannot recommend going to court without an attorney. We recommend you seek a doctor for your medical needs, a mechanic for your auto repairs, and an attorney when you must go to court.
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Brian J. Smith, ltd.