I've submitted a Motion to Suppress and a Brief in Support of that motion to the Court and the DA... After reviewing the brief's wording and thinking about how I want this to be argued.. I've decided that it would be better to put more detail within the brief and replace an authority I used with a more relative one. How might I submit these revisions to the Court? Would I need to re-submit the entire Brief with the updates? Would I submit something else noting the changes? Or would I present the new authority at the hearing and not place it on the brief (If I am unable to make changes to the brief)? The Court has already set this matter for a hearing.
Hire an attorney, or if you can't afford one, ask that the court appoint you one.
When someone chooses to represent themselves pro se, it always bring to mind the analogy of dental surgery. Could you extract a tooth that had become infected? I bet there are how-to guides online somewhere, there might even be videos. If you are lucky, you might not kill or maim yourself. But why would you take this kind of risk when a professional could do it?
Its like that with representing yourself in criminal court - if you are lucky, maybe you won't end up paying for this mistake of judgment (representing yourself) for the rest of your life, but when the court will appoint you one if you cannot afford to hire your own?
The story you never hear: "I represented myself in a criminal case and it turned out great!"
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You should not be representing yourself. Either retain a good defense attorney, if you can afford one, or accept the services of court-appointed counsel. By your questions, it is clear that you need a legal representative. You have filed pleadings, are already having second thoughts, and don't know how to fix it. You could be doing damage to your case that no lawyer can fix. For example, you cannot accuse yourself of being ineffective later.
As far as your current dilemma is concerned, I would file an amended or supplemental pleading. You could encounter serious problems if you are attempting to change your argument too close in time to the hearing. The State is preparing to respond to the arguments you have made in your pleadings, not some claim you try to advance for the first time at the hearing.
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Are you a lawyer?? If you are not, you really should hire one NOW. You may not realize this but you may be admitting to a crime in that Motion.
If you are a lawyer, I suggest you get co-counsel, because it doesn't sound like you know what you are doing.
Avvo.com is a great place to find a local experienced criminal defense attorney. Good luck (you need it)
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