When facing criminal charges, you have a constitutional right as a defendant to an attorney, which includes the right to represent yourself. However, when should you hire an attorney rather than try to defend yourself?
Representing yourself in a criminal trial where the stakes are higher than say a small claims court proceeding, is highly inadvisable. Let me explain why:
The intricacies of the law and how to best represent your case can only come from an experienced attorney who knows how to locate the strongest evidence in an effort to refute the charges brought against you.
Trial proceedings are complex and the courts have rules that must be followed. Unless you have first-hand experience with the criminal court system, choosing to defend yourself puts your case at risk from the beginning.
Also, a good criminal defense attorney will have established a good working relationship with the court system including other people involved in your cases such as clerks, prosecutors, judges, and legal assistants. This helps make the trial and filings efficient and smooth. You are going through enough without learning how the court systems function from day to day.
You may consider representing yourself to save money. Keep in mind that criminal charges carry hefty fines, without an experienced attorney providing your best defense, chances are you will pay maximum fines in addition to the loss of wages if you suffer a conviction with jail time.
An experienced attorney like Richard Fink, will safeguard your rights and defend you while facing these criminal court proceedings. With over 40 years of experience, Richard Fink can help.
Should I Hire an Attorney or Defend Myself
If you have been charged with a crime and need legal representation, call criminal defense attorney Richard R. Fink. With over 40 years experience in his field, Richard Fink can help you with your legal predicament. Call our office today! Conveniently located in Langhorne and Doylestown. Serving Bucks County, Montgomery County, Bensalem, Fairless Hills, Langhorne, Newtown, Richboro, Warrington, Warminster, Chalfont, and surrounding! Call us now for a free consultation (215) 741-1212.