Why is it foolish for a defendant to proceed in a criminal defense matter as pro se?

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  1. Thomas J Callahan

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    Answered . The obvious answer - you don't know the law, rules of evidence, procedures, etc. and screwing up will cost you your liberty.

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  2. Galen J Criscione

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    Answered . Because it is much better to have an attorney - someone who can navigate through the legal process, procedure, is familiar with the court system, etc. Even a lawyer shouldn't represent themselves in a criminal case because you need someone that can take an objective legal approach to your defense. A criminal charge is not something you want to take lightly, so that is why you should have a lawyer handle it.

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  3. Atousa Saei

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    Answered . As my colleagues have both said, not hiring a lawyer to represent you properly could cost you your liberty. I would strongly suggest you hire an experienced to represent you in court. Best of luck.

  4. James Hal Medows

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    Answered . I believe that only a fool defends him/herself because you cannot be objective in handling the case. As much as a lawyer cares about his/her client, he will be detached and non-emtional when advocating on behalf of the client.

  5. Paul Karl Siepmann

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    Answered . Because the vast majority of Pro Se defendants are not experienced criminal defense attorneys and even those that are, if they're not crazy or stupid, retain counsel.

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