It is an option to represent yourself in court. But it’s largely not recommended. Let’s look into a few reasons why criminally accused defendants are recommended to receive representation…
Criminal defendants are not educated or experienced in the practice of law
It may sound harsh, but the legal system is complicated, and the court process is complex. A defendant uneducated in law practice is likely to break courtroom rules. This infuriates judges, and doesn’t look good to juries. Moreover, inaccurate paperwork, paperwork filed incorrectly, or papers filed late can destroy a court case.
The prosecution won’t rest
Prosecutors and lawyers traditionally don’t take pity on self-representing defendants. They won’t hold back on arguments, and they know exactly how to take advantage of inexperienced defendants.
Defense lawyers are educated
Becoming a lawyer takes years of education, training, and practice. The court system is very complex, and the Bar exam – the final lawyer exam – is notoriously difficult.
In the long run, you’re likely to lose more money than you’ll save by waiving your representation rights. For example, if you take on your own court case, and it goes poorly, you’re likely to receive higher fines for frustrating the judge and jury. Moreover, good defense lawyers know how to negotiate a deal to avoid extra court time. This could save a defendant thousands in fines.
If you’re considering representing yourself in court, let us at The Law Offices of Amber Bellante convince you to reconsider. As a professional defense lawyer, Amber Bellante knows how to represent a defendant with professional integrity. Please, give us a call if you’re curious about representation!