Many defendants choose to represent themselves in their own criminal case, rather than working with a criminal defense attorney. Even though it is your constitutional right to do so, that does not mean self representation, also known as going "pro se," is the best choice for your case. But why, exactly, should defendants avoid representing themselves in their own criminal case?
One recent study published by the Federal Courts Law Review found that defendants that represented themselves were more likely to be found guilty by either a jury or a court when compared to legally represented clients. Specifically, 95 percent of cases involving self represented clients resulted in a guilty verdict.
Additionally, defendants should not represent themselves because each case is so unique and requires diligent research and strategic planning. Oftentimes, defendants find that they are ill prepared, undertrained and do not have the proper education to represent themselves adequately. Fortunately, that's where a criminal defense attorney comes into play.
Working with an experienced litigator comes with many benefits, including:
- If your case is likely going to trial, your lawyer can guide you through the legal complexities of your criminal case.
- Criminal defense attorneys can utilize their powerful relationships with prosecutors to construct a plea bargain, ultimately reducing the charges and the sentence you face.
- Your lawyer will fight for your rights all while helping you cope with the emotions associated with your criminal case such as anxiety or guilt.
With an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your best interests are taken into consideration. Criminal defense attorney Bill Nettles can help fight for your rights, and make sure you know the best available options for both you and your family.
As the former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Bill Nettles has the knowledge necessary to walk you through every step of your criminal case. Throughout his career, he has built strong, beneficial relationships with courtroom officials and other criminal prosecutors. Ultimately, these relationships are crucial in helping to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
If you are in the Columbia area and would like to learn more about how criminal defense attorney Bill Nettles can help you with your case, give our office a call at 803-814-2826 to schedule your initial consultation.