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Should I Defend Myself or Hire an Attorney?

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:

Courtroom Knowledge
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.

Resources
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.

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