Whether you’re facing DUI charges or you’re pursuing compensation for a personal injury, having the right lawyer on your side is going to make all the difference in the world. At the end of the day, your rights are in the hands of your attorney. You need to make sure you’re giving yourself the best possible chance of success.
Can I Represent Myself?
Technically, you can if the case of of a civil nature. In small claims court where you are petitioning to change your name, for example, this may be fine. After all, it’s not like someone is going to argue against you on the matter. However, in situations where you will have opposition or where a jury will be present, choosing to represent yourself can be a tragic mistake.
There are a lot of complications within a court case and without ample preparation or education, you won’t be able to handle your case effectively.
Can I Just Use a Public Defender?
For criminal cases, you have a constitutional right to an attorney. If you do not hire one yourself, you will be appointed a public defender. Now, you can certainly work with a public defender on your case and these attorneys are still going to fight for you in court.
However, a common issue with public defenders is that they simply have too many cases on their plate. Unlike private attorneys, public defenders cannot choose the cases they take. They take all of the cases assigned to them. This can result in an unmanageable workload which can lead to a lack of personal attention for your case.
The Value of a Private Attorney for Your Case
When you work with a private attorney for your case, you will have a better chance at a favorable outcome. Private attorneys aren’t necessarily better than public defenders in terms of skill, but they have more power over their practice, which means that they’re choosing to take your case.
Additionally, a specialized personal injury attorney can give you one-on-one expert advice and attention. They will also likely be more responsive than a public defender. If you can afford it, hiring your own lawyer will be the best option for your future.
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers Can Help You
If you’re facing criminal charges or you’re seeking legal advice for a civil case, we can help you. Ross W. Albers is a highly rated and well-reviewed Maryland personal injury attorney with offices throughout Maryland. He has won favorable outcomes for many clients and he can do the same for you.