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Reasons Why Defendants Attempt to Unsuccessfully Represent Themselves in Criminal Cases

We live in a do-it-yourself world in which people attempt to do everything themselves. Car and home repairs, beauty treatments, and even medical needs can be done by those without proper training. Folks often do this in an effort to save time and money, and for the sense of satisfaction.

This DIY trend has also made its way into the legal world. Folks attempt to represent themselves in criminal and other types of cases without the help of legal professionals. Although doing so may save money, it often ends up costing them in the long run.

Think You Can Represent Yourself? Think Again!

People believe they can represent themselves for a variety of reasons. But they often find that the legal field is not DIY-friendly. Here, we discuss reasons why many put their future in their own hands instead of allowing a legal professional to do the work for them.

  • They may have had bad luck with a previous attorney in the past and believe all lawyers are the same. However, they are not.
  • Those already in jail have access to a library filled with legal material, and believe that their exposure to the documents makes them legal professionals who can represent themselves.
  • Some defendants don’t think that spending the money on an attorney is justified because their potential punishment likely isn’t all that severe.
  • They feel that lawyers are part of an oppressive system and believe that they are making a political statement by representing themselves.

An Experienced Legal Professional Is Your Best Defense

Attorneys go to school for many years in order to learn the ins and outs of the legal system. They go to court frequently and have experience in trials and defense methods. Can you say the same for yourself? You wouldn’t trust a person who didn’t go to medical school to perform surgery on you, so why would you trust someone without legal expertise to defend you?

The attorneys of the Easley Law Firm have helped many people in Fairfax with their criminal cases and want to do the same for you. Contact us today to find out how.


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Easley Law Firm

  • 10521 Judicial Drive
    Suite 205

    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone: 703-865-6610
  • Fax: 703-842-6101
  • Toll Free: 888-386-3898
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