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Why You Should Never Represent Yourself in Court

April 24, 2020

If you are facing a criminal charge, then you might be tempted to try to represent yourself in court. However, this isn’t a good idea. It’s always better to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. You are much more likely to obtain a favorable outcome to your claim if you rely on the services of a qualified professional. Here are some of the reasons you shouldn’t represent yourself:

You may not know the courtroom rules.

If you don’t have a thorough understanding of proper courtroom procedures, then you won’t be able to make an effective case. You may also violate the rules of the court without meaning to. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to ask for anyone’s help—that’s the role your attorney should be playing. If you want to always make sure that you’re adhering to the proper procedures, you need an attorney in your corner.

You may accidentally incriminate yourself.

Most individuals who try to represent themselves in court do not have a detailed knowledge of the law. Thus, it’s all too easy for them to inadvertently make statements that may harm the case they are making. An experienced attorney will know how to avoid saying things that will detract from the strength of your case.

You’re taking a needless risk.

A criminal charge carries significant penalties if you are convicted. You might face heavy fines, jail time, and a mark on your record. You might also lose your driver’s license or other privileges. All these things can inconvenience you for a long time, and they can even hurt your career. Thus, representing yourself in court simply isn’t worth the risk.

When you need an attorney in the Tucson area, don’t hesitate to contact Janet Altschuler. As a former prosecutor at the Pima County Attorney’s Office, she has the knowledge and experience needed to represent you. If you’re worried about the outcome of your case, then you need an attorney who will always work to uphold your rights. Call (520) 247-1789 for a free consultation.

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