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Why You Should Hire a Felony Attorney Versus Representing Yourself

If you are facing a felony charge and thinking of representing yourself in court, it’s worth taking a few minutes to determine if this is really the best approach for you.  Of course, representing yourself can save you thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees if you end up in a felony case that goes trial.  When it comes to your freedom and your future, however, you could end up jeopardizing everything by being your own legal counsel, and it’s a decision that could haunt you for the rest of your life.

One of the biggest misconceptions that people who are charged with a crime have is that they will gain sympathy if they are viewed in court representing themselves instead of hiring a felony attorney.  The truth is, neither the judge nor the prosecution is going to make things easy for you just because you didn’t hire an attorney or accepted a court-appointed attorney.  Representing yourself can also backfire if you repeatedly make mistakes or fail to present the correct evidence.  Slowing down the judicial process certainly won’t win you any favors in the courtroom and it could end negatively affecting the outcome.

Another big misconception about not hiring an attorney is that it will save you big money in the end.  An attorney is trained to represent you and ensure that any long term repercussions are minimized as much as possible in that help to lower the fees you have to pay.  Now that’s a much easier way to save when you are facing felony charges.

Finally, remember that a felony conviction is not simply about completing jail time and paying restitution.  Felonies can follow you around for the rest of your life and can make it impossible to get a good job or find a nice place to live in.  Keep this in mind before choosing to represent yourself in court, as it will have a big impact on your case.  Be smart, and you’ll have the best chance for success.

 

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