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Should You Represent Yourself in Court?

There are many aspects of life where taking the DIY approach can be a cost-effective alternative to calling on a professional. However, representing yourself in a court of law is very different than putting together a new backsplash in your kitchen. The consequences of a poorly constructed backsplash are that you’ll have something unpleasant to look at. The consequences of poorly representing yourself in court could include hefty fines and other unforeseen issues.

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The Courtroom Can Be a Field of Land Mines

Legal proceedings are complex and involve a great deal of paperwork, procedures, and specific decorum. All of these little details that you need to get right are each a land mine just waiting to be stepped on and when they go off, you could end up losing your case. A lawyer is a trained professional who knows the ins and outs of the law. They know how to speak to the judge and about all of the steps that they need to follow to keep the case running smoothly. Missing an important aspect of legal procedure can devalue your position and increasing your likelihood of failure, so why chance it?

Don’t Go It Alone

Though you may feel representing yourself is a good idea, it’s unlikely that your opposition will think the same way. If, as an untrained civilian, you’re still trying to figure out the rules of the court room, your opposing counsel has probably already run circles around you. Not to mention the fact that having someone support you will improve your chances of success in almost any situation. Your court case is no different. All this to say, your opposition is likely going to be a team; don’t try to take them on by yourself.

At Least Consult a Lawyer

If you’ve decided that you’re going to represent yourself in court, then the least you can do is seek legal advice. Even if you don’t hire a lawyer to handle your case, you can still consult with one so that you’re as prepared for your case as possible. The Law Office of Ross W. Albers offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case and most reputable lawyers will too. So, give yourself the best chance of success.

The Law Office of Ross W. Albers is Your Legal Expert

If you’re facing criminal charges, being sued, or you’re looking to seek reparations for a wrongdoing, then you need a lawyer on your side. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. Attorney Albers has an incredible track record with a wide variety of cases and his expertise will be invaluable to your case. Contact us today for more information and to set up a free consultation. We look forward to working with you.

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