WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER?
Self-representation, at first glance, may seem like a viable option. Often times, search engines like Google seem to solve all of life’s troubles. However, self-representation is made difficult in the criminal context in many ways. What may seem simple and articulated clearly in a book or online, practically speaking, may not translate to the results you deserve and need.
Criminal Lawyers Can Often Work With Prosecutors To Avoid Trial
The criminal justice system is designed in such a way to make it very difficult to navigate and do a competent job representing yourself.
Criminal lawyers may be able to make a deal with the prosecutor, by addressing the weaknesses in the Crown’s case. Unfortunately, by contract, prosecutors may be uncooperative with self-represented defendants.
Experienced criminal lawyers not only understand your legal predicament, but also understand how it does, or does not, fit as a proper defence in law. The lawyers role is to argue fearlessly, assertively, and passionately as the law will also.
There Are Serious Drawbacks To Self Representation
Should you forgo retaining a lawyer, and lose at trial, you are not entitled to appealing a decision based solely on the fact you disagree with it. Appeals operate off of the evidentiary record and the court transcript which took place at trial.
Additionally, there are limited grounds of which you may appeal and if your case does not fall into one of those categories, your appeal will simply be dismissed. It is critical, from the very beginning, to have the representation you need.
Our lawyers at Bernstein Law Group are familiar with the legal principles and case law that may govern your case. We are able to provide a knowledgeable and objective perspective of the situation, and put forth a strong legal argument on issues where holes exist in the Crown’s case.
Whether in the context of a deal, or in the proceedings at court, our lawyers have the necessary set of skills to achieve results on a case by case basis.
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