Don’t Go To Court Alone!Written on April 7, 2015
A courtroom can be an intimidating place. The judge, prosecutor (or solicitor if you’re in State Court), and jury may all play a role in determining a defendant’s fate. A person could be facing a fine or possibly even jail time when entering the courtroom. If you have an upcoming court appearance, you shouldn’t face it alone. The prosecuting attorney isn’t on your side. No matter how nice he or she may seem, you must remember that their job is to win. If the prosecutor wins, the defendant loses. You need an experienced attorney from The Silverbach Group on your side when you stand before a judge or meet with the prosecutor.
It may be tempting to skip the expense of hiring an attorney and try to handle your legal matters on your own, but that’s not a good idea. Ask yourself these questions to see if you can handle court alone:
- How well does an individual handle a court case alone, while under intense stress?
- How do you prepare for the arguments that the prosecutor will have?
- What will it cost your reputation?
- What is the cost to your personal freedom?
- If you lose, can you afford the fee that they are asking for?
- Can you effectively negotiate with a lawyer, if you are not one yourself?
Just think of the famous quotation from Abraham Lincoln: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
There are all kinds of court proceedings a person may encounter. Not all of them are as grand and dramatic as the jury trials we see on television. In fact, due to the tremendous volume of cases on court calendars on any given day, many appearances can be brief. That’s why it’s necessary to have an attorney with you. An attorney from The Silverbach Group will talk with the prosecutor before the actual proceeding, protect your rights, and fight for an outcome that will benefit you.
If you are arrested on a criminal charge, you may have several court appearances as your case progresses. There will likely be a probable cause hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for your case to move forward. You will need an attorney to file discovery motions so you can determine exactly what evidence the state has against you. All of these things are extremely important. There’s no sense in rolling the dice when your freedom is in question.
Not every court date involves a criminal charge. If your driver’s license is suspended, for example, you will most likely have an administrative hearing before an administrative judge. There are typically several dozen of these hearings scheduled for the same time. The judge will quickly zip down the list. Just think how necessary driving is, in a city like Atlanta. For most people, a six month or year-long suspension of driving privileges could make life very difficult. An attorney will be there to guide you through the process and protect your rights.
The same is true for traffic citations. If you receive a ticket and want to fight the case, consult an attorney prior to going to court. If you aren’t prepared and you lose, you will still have to pay the fine in addition to court costs. Your insurance premiums may also increase.
If you are scheduled for court, contact The Silverbach Group today. We are a local law firm and here to help. We will fight for you! You can reach us at 770-635-0334.