Should I Represent Myself in Court?

Suppose you’re facing criminal charges in Texas. You’re a smart person. You are literate and you can navigate the internet well, or so you think. Do you have a law degree? No. Are you a legal writer? No. But, you have a good IQ and you have no trouble researching. Does this mean you’re equipped to provide your own legal defense? Let’s take a closer look at your situation and the possibilities.

Texas is a BIG place. A lot of people get arrested every day in the Lone Star State. You’d be surprised, but a large number of criminal defendants who go through the court system are not able to obtain services from legal aid providers. Why? Because, their income and assets are too high. They do not qualify for an indigent defense because the funding for such services is extremely limited – lots of people are turned away.

Represent Yourself or Hire a Lawyer?

So, what is a criminal defendant to do? They have two options: 1) represent themselves in court, or 2) hire a private criminal defense attorney. Not sure what to do? According to the Texas Judicial Branch, “It is always best to have a lawyer. The law and court proceedings are complicated, and lawyers have legal training.”

When you hire an experienced defense attorney, he or she can explain your rights and responsibilities under the law. They can explain your defense strategies and your legal options. It’s your lawyer’s job to do whatever they can to help you get the best possible results in your case. You’d be surprised, but the simplest issues can have serious ramifications or results that you don’t understand, or that you’re completely unaware of.

Are you facing criminal charges in Plano, Dallas or Fort Worth? If so, it would be in your best interests to utilize the services of a private criminal defense lawyer who has the time, energy and resources necessary to devote to your defense. For the superior legal representation your charges demand, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.

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