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Hiring an Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer vs Representing Yourself

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One of the points in the above video is that you should not represent yourself if you are facing criminal charges – you should hire a good Orlando criminal defense lawyer. Now, you may think that I am saying that just because I am a defense attorney myself, but there truly are good reasons for hiring a lawyer to represent you in a Florida criminal law case.

Experience and Knowledge

Even if you believe you have a good grasp of Florida criminal law, a qualified criminal defense lawyer will have more extensive knowledge because this is what they have trained to do, and now do for a living every single day.

A skilled attorney knows the local court procedures and the trends of the judges where your legal matter will be adjudicated. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will know how the judges and state attorneys have handled similar cases in the past. That knowledge coupled with an attorney’s trial experience gained in state and federal courts can assist you in getting the best possible outcome in your matter.

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If you decide to represent yourself, you are likely going into a situation that will be foreign to you. Hiring a skilled defense lawyer can give you greater peace of mind and a far better chance of having charges against you dropped or reduced.

An Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Knows the Ins and Outs of a Criminal Case

This point goes along with experience: a good defense attorney knows the procedure of a Florida criminal law case inside and out. Because of that, the defense attorney is going to pick up on specific arguments that can be used in your defense that could mitigate or even negate a criminal conviction that you would have otherwise missed. For example, if the police did not read you your Miranda warning, that is a huge issue that can work in your favor. Maybe you would have known that on your own, but you might not have known how to use it to your advantage.

Besides building a strategic defense, there are actions critical to a criminal case that a good criminal defense lawyer will engage in: gather evidence, know what motions to file or argue on your behalf, hire expert investigators and forensic experts, call witnesses and expert witnesses in your defense, cross-examine witnesses for the prosecution, including law enforcement and expert witnesses, and negotiate with prosecution.

Do Not Let Emotions Cloud Your Case

You may feel passionately about your case, and you may strongly believe that you do not deserve to be convicted or that a conviction is not possible. This is never a good reason to represent yourself because you are more likely to let emotions get in the way of the facts of your case. An attorney will take a strong objective stance and use reason, material facts, procedural law, and case law when defending your case.

It may also be tempting to represent yourself because you think you will save money on legal fees, but looking at the big picture, the outcome of your case will be far better if you hire a good private defense lawyer.

Choosing the right Orlando criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you can make. Before you risk making a costly decision without informed legal counsel, please contact our firm or call 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376) for a free initial consultation. We are ready to defend you against all state and federal charges.

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