Though there are many people that are more than intelligent enough to represent themselves in court, it still may not be a great idea. Here is why you should seriously consider hiring a criminal defense attorney. Have a look at a post from MikeGLaw.com for more info on this.
Most people have heard the old term “blood-sucking lawyer,” and the mistrust of lawyers pervades almost every sector of American society. We see them as untrustworthy and not genuinely caring about your problems or your needs. With biases like these it is no wonder that some would rather defend themselves in court instead of hiring a stranger to investigate an incident that can be very embarrassing and emotional. But you have to face the fact that criminal defense attorneys have the connections, knowledge, and skills to defend you in court that only someone who spends their whole life studying law can.
Attorneys are part of a massive machine that runs the nation’s criminal justice system. They know the judges, prosecuting attorneys, and all of the other professionals that make up the cogs. A criminal defense attorney will be in a much better position to negotiate plea bargains, shorter jail sentences, or even be able to defer your sentence entirely. Law is a profession that depends a lot on what people think. What the judge, prosecution, and jury believe directly affects the rest of your life. A criminal defense attorney will better know the personalities of the people involved and be able to argue for your sake appropriately.
In addition, a criminal defense attorney has spent his or her entire career and education learning the law intimately. They understand nuances in the way laws are generally interpreted, what options for defense this leaves you, and other situations in which a person may have been tried for a similar offense that you are being accused of. This knowledge can greatly help in your defense, and its importance cannot be overstated. In a society based on laws such as ours the only people who can know the laws well enough to defend the accused are criminal defense attorneys.
Also, a lawyer knows where to go and who to call to hire all of the other professionals necessary for an adequate defense. One person does not have the time and know-how to search out every last detail of their case and what they are being accused of. But attorneys not only has paralegals working for them whose job it is to search through endless piles of paperwork and help prepare a defense, they also hire investigators to search for clues that may discredit the statements of witnesses that may be working against you, in addition to finding expert witnesses that can further attest to your innocence. The statement of a scientist saying that it is impossible for you to accomplish the transgression for which you are accused goes a lot further than the statement of someone who says they saw you do it. Witnesses have often been mislead or thought they have seen something they did not. But no one will believe you unless you have a criminal defense attorney to hire all of these experts necessary to prepare your defense.