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This has led a lot of people to misinterpret this particular field of law and attempt to defend their charges themselves. They read an article about how to beat their DUI and assume that they do not need a lawyer to do so. This line of thinking is dangerous—not only because you may be missing out on an opportunity to lessen your penalties but also because you may miss an opportunity to have your case thrown out and your charges dropped.
There are countless reasons why hiring a skilled DUI attorney is one of the best things that defendants can do to help their situation, but I am going to focus on the reasons why trying to do it yourself is a horrible idea and why.
It’s a fact that people can go to their local library or pull up the Internet and gain access to California criminal and traffic law codes. While these laws may seem pretty straight forward, the truth is, California law codes can quickly become confusing. If you interpret a law other than the way it is originally meant, then, you can sabotage your own case.
Before switching sides and defending those facing DUI charges, I used to be the District Attorney prosecutor. An inexperienced person has to remember that the prosecutor has years of education behind them. They are trained on California laws so that they know them inside and out. In addition, they are highly trained on case law research, so they know where to locate any cases that may set precedence for your situation.
The average person wants to believe that they can learn the multitude of intricacies that separate and define different laws relating to these offenses, but that is simply irrational. Attorneys spend several years learning this information, and many of them are unable to master it enough to obtain their Attorney’s license. Those who believe they can perform as well or better than a lawyer with years of experience usually cannot afford a lawyer, so they convince themselves that they don’t need one.
When people attempt to represent themselves, they can inadvertently sabotage their situation by not knowing as much as they think they do. Not knowing the laws as well as an attorney puts attorney-less defendants at an extreme disadvantage.
Imagine taking someone who has never gone to medical school and putting them in the operating room to perform brain surgery. Sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it? That situation would never happen because the person performing the operation would do more harm than good. That’s because while they may have read a book on brain surgery they don’t have the skills and knowledge required to do the job correctly.
This is the same when it comes to individuals representing themselves in court versus obtaining a bar certified lawyer. Self-representation is playing Russian roulette except instead of risking your life you are risking your freedom.
Having an attorney by your side in court when facing a DUI charge is not an option; it’s a critical decision that you need to make for these reasons:
There may be several good reasons as to why a person feels that it is in their best interest to represent themselves. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for the skills and knowledge that comes with hiring an attorney. When it comes to your freedom, you want to know that you have the best representation possible.
It is always advisable to seek legal representation when facing a DUI. Call (888) 250-2865 now to obtain a free confidential case evaluation and help get your life on the right track.