Why hire a lawyer?
Working with a lawyer is the best way to ensure that your legal problem will be sufficiently resolved. It is almost never advisable to representing yourself unless you’re fighting a minor infractions such as a traffic ticket or participating in small claims court.
Here are some reasons to hire a lawyer:
- The legal system is complicated. Legal representation is not simply someone saying to the judge on your behalf that you did not violate the law. The law is riddled with ambiguity and grey areas, and you need a lawyer to apply their legal education and professional experience to build a case for you, to help you navigate around legal ambiguities and direct you towards the desired outcome of your case.
- The rules of evidence. The rules of evidence are long. Really long. Lawyers are trained to challenge and/or suppress inappropriate evidence. If you’re representing yourself, you may not realize that a key piece of evidence was obtained illegally or that the crime lab didn’t properly handle the evidence during every step of their analysis.
- Procedural knowledge. The court system has protocols and deadlines for filing documents pertaining to your case. Unfortunately, most courts do not have a user-friendly guidebook to help you follow the protocols and deadlines, and making one procedural error could cost your case. Lawyers know how to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures so your case can proceed without trouble.
- Getting settlements and bargains. Settling before trial is preferable because it saves you time and money. Chances are, your lawyer has worked with cases similar to yours in the past and can apply their knowledge of how cases like yours are usually settled to craft a good settlement bargain or plea bargain for you. This can put your case in a good position when it comes time to consult with the opposing lawyer to come up with a mutual settlement bargain.
- Emotional support. Legal disputes can be scary, stressful, and tough to handle emotionally. A lawyer will maintain a clear head throughout the process and can help you maintain a forward-thinking and productive perspective as well. During divorce proceedings, or other delicate matters, your lawyer can be your unbiased guide.
- Opposing lawyer. Your opposing side will likely have a lawyer, which can greatly disadvantage your case if you do not hire a lawyer for your side.