When you are facing criminal charges, you have the constitutional right
as the defendant to the “assistance of counsel”, which includes
the right to represent yourself. But should you defend yourself, or should
you hire a
criminal defense attorney?
While representing yourself in a small civil trial can be effective and
inexpensive, facing a criminal trial where the stakes are much higher
is completely inadvisable. Here’s why:
Criminal trial proceedings are technical and complex, and unless you have
first-hand knowledge of criminal law and the court system, choosing to
defend yourself puts your case at risk. Attorneys have that knowledge,
as well as something else: relationships. A good
criminal defense attorney will have established good working relationships with the people
involved in your case — clerks, prosecutors, judges, etc. This helps
make trial proceedings flow smoothly.
An experienced criminal defense attorney like
Matt Kyle understands the intricacies of the law and how to best present your case.
He knows how to locate the strongest evidence available in efforts to
refute the charges against you — something your limited experience
might not afford you. It is also common for attorneys to have access to
a variety of respected experts from different fields — some of whom
might be needed to build your case.
Money & Trial Outcome
Perhaps you think you can save money by defending yourself instead of
paying attorney fees. But criminal charges often carry hefty fines, and
without the knowledge, skill and experience of a criminal defense attorney,
it is likely you will leave the courtroom facing the steepest of those
fines, in addition to an outcome you are not pleased with.
When it comes to
facing criminal charges, it really is in your best interest to hire an attorney who will knowledgeably
safeguard your rights and rigorously defend you in a court of law. Don’t
wait until it’s too late:
contact the Kyle Law Firm today to get started on your case.