No matter how smart you are, defending yourself in court is virtually impossible. This is already a great reason to hire a criminal lawyer. But in case you need more arguments, here are four essential things that a good lawyer will do for their defendants.
Negotiate “Deals” With Prosecutors
Establishing a deal with a prosecutor yourself can be extremely challenging for many reasons. To begin with, you may not know how to persuade a prosecutor and are obviously too invested in the outcome to act with calm and tact. A lawyer, on the other hand, has the skills and experience to negotiate on your behalf.
Keep the Defendant Grounded
A criminal case can be a stressful process where the defendant’s sense of what’s reasonable may get distorted due to stress or wishful thinking. For this reason, people who defend themselves run the risk of rushing into strategies that are not always legally sound. In short, defendants often need someone who keeps them grounded on reality, and a lawyer does just that.
Help Make Informed Decisions.
In court, just like everywhere else, things are not always what they seem. For example, an attorney can help you understand the ramifications of decisions that may seem tempting (like pleading guilty) so you grasp the actual impact they’ll have on your legal situation.
Gather Valuable Information
Even if you had the legal knowledge to defend yourself in court, chances are that you don’t have the time it takes to build a compelling, detailed case in your favor. This includes hiring and managing investigators and gathering information from witnesses. These are crucial tasks that can make a big difference for you, and only a lawyer is fully prepared to handle them.
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