Can I Represent Myself in a Criminal Case?

After being charged with a crime, there is no time to waste before you organize a plan of action for surviving this precarious situation with ease. During this time, many people consider refusing legal counsel from a professional and instead choose to represent themselves in an effort to save time and money or because they see no reason not to. However, simply because you have the option to represent yourself in a criminal case does not mean you should.

We have all watched enough courtroom documentaries to gain a general understanding of what may happen during a criminal proceeding, but until you are in that position there is no way to predict how you will react. Consider that by forgoing an attorney and representing yourself, the judge will be particularly vigilant for any mistakes you make as they know you cannot possibly have the full scope of knowledge necessary to successfully clear your name. He or she may even take the absence of legal representation as a sign of disrespect or a lack of interest.

Remember, you will be facing a courtroom that expects you to know exactly what you are doing while you stand to defend your innocence. This type of pressure is overwhelmingly intimidating for the average individual who is unfamiliar with court proceedings and the intricacies of the law. Simply put, representing yourself in a criminal case simply puts your life and future at risk. Thus, there is no reason not to enlist the services of an attorney who will handle these complexities for you with ease.

Facing Criminal Charges? Our Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Tenaciously Fight for You

Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP has established an impressive reputation for excellence in advocating on behalf of those in need of top-rated legal counsel, care, and representation. We are committed to providing you realistic solutions because we firmly believe in getting you to the light at the end of the tunnel. When everything is on the line, look no further than our firm.

To request an initial consultation, contact us by calling (800) 462-7160 at your earliest convenience.