|Do I really need a lawyer? I am
Many people make a big mistake.
They think that just because they are innocent, they don’t
need a criminal defense lawyer.
The Court system is designed
to be “adversarial.” This means the District Attorney
represents the government, not you. He has no obligation to
tell you if there are holes in his case or weaknesses in the
evidence. If the police violated your rights or made mistakes,
the DA won't tell you that a motion to suppress evidence or
even to dismiss the case is appropriate.
The Judge can't
take sides so he can't tell you what to do either.
only person in the system who is on your side is your defense
attorney. So the answer is YES, you do need a lawyer.
For most misdemeanors, you never even have to go to Court
if you retain our office.
You should also know that if
you let the Judge appoint the Public Defender, then the Judge
has to order you to reimburse the county based on your ability
to pay. You will be ordered to appear in Court and waste many
hours away from work and family. In addition, the Public Defender
is under a lot of pressure to get rid of cases. They work for
the government just like the District Attorney. We don’t
have that pressure and so we can do whatever is best for you.
Our goal is to get the case dismissed or reduced. No one
can predict the future, but we have a lot of success stories
and just a few of them are on our web site. If you don't hire
us, you will never know if your case could have been dismissed