For many of us, there’s been the unfortunate reality of having to step into a courtroom for one reason or another. Whether it’s for a legal battle or just to argue a parking ticket, there’s no fun in being on the receiving end of a summons or disciplinary action. With this, many of us might think that the best idea is to head into court armed with just yourself, but there’s a reason to hire an attorney. We’ve got a few reasons below why you shouldn’t represent yourself in court.
Lawyers have spent countless years practicing and perfecting the trade they’re good at. Because of this, it’s important to understand that they’re going to be working on strategies to help you win your case. Aside from a few potential arguments, your experience might not match up to theirs, thus giving you a disadvantage, should you choose not to use them.
The judge, while having to remain without bias, will understand that in choosing to represent yourself, you are assuming all responsibilities an attorney would have to go through. With this, you may miss something necessary, or the judge may ask something of you that simply cannot be answered. If this is the case, make sure to have all of your t’s crossed and i’s dotted — though, we recommend hiring an attorney of your own.
Let’s assume you are fighting a legal battle with another party on the other side. When it comes time to speak or be questioned, the attorney handling the case may try taking advantage of the fact that you aren’t an actual lawyer, and get you to say something that can hurt your case. If this is true, your easier, money saving option might lose you the case.
When you’re faced with a problem that requires an attorney, make sure you’re doing what you can to ensure your own success. Reach out today to speak with any one of the qualified attorneys at the GNPCV team!
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