Representing Yourself in Criminal Court

A little education can do a great deal of harm….especially in criminal courts.  Many low-income defendants, after watching a full season of Law and Order, feel that they are equiped to competently defend themselves in criminal court against an experienced prosecutor.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Law and Order and all of the other courtroom shows.  However, expecting a show about doctors to make you competent to perform a surgery is ludicrous.  Expecting well-meaning friends and a television series to educate and train you on how to deal with your own case is equally ridiculous.  Even if you are “limited means” contact a lawyer anyway.  One may feel bad enough for you to give you a discount and represent you virtually pro-bono.

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