Hiring Jeff Kennedy turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Mr. Kennedy was able to have my case dismissed. Yes, outright dismissal of the charge!

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We did exactly as Jeff instructed and the case was dismissed. There are no words to explain how happy we are with his performance.

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Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car.

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Hiring Jeff Kennedy turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

A.C.

We did exactly as Jeff instructed and the case was dismissed. There are no words to explain how happy we are with his performance.

Anonymous

Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car.

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Criminal Defense: Why You Don’t Want to Represent Yourself

Representing yourself in a criminal case may be tempting, either because you believe you can’t afford a private attorney or you believe you know your situation best, but it’s rarely a good idea. You are simply too close to the situation and will tend to react emotionally, rather than logically, which can seriously harm your case.

Many people who are facing criminal charges will start out with a public defender because they believe they can’t afford a private attorney. When the public defender fails to deliver results, these same individuals may try to represent themselves. Bad idea.

Sometimes, they may believe that their education will allow them to present their case in a clear and rational manner, but rational thought goes out the window when things don’t appear to be going your way. After all, it’s your freedom and criminal record on the line.

Why Representing Yourself in Criminal Court Is a Bad Idea

Let’s look at some specific reasons why representing yourself doesn’t usually go well:

  • Lack of Education Lawyers attend school for many years to learn all the things that go into winning a case, such as legal terminology, evidentiary rules, complex procedures, legal precedents, and cross-examination skills. Unless you’ve been to law school, you won’t likely have the education and legal knowledge needed to handle a criminal case in court.
  • Lack of Experience Even after an attorney graduates from school, he or she will need practice, just like with any other type of profession. The attorneys at our firm have had practice. They can anticipate the other party’s moves, they know what works and what doesn’t, they understand the rules of the courtroom, and they can spot the evidence that will help or hurt your case.
  • Exposure When you defend yourself, you’re laying it all out there for the judge and jury to see. This is not necessarily a good thing. You may think transparency can help your case, but it can also hurt you. You may accidentally say the wrong thing or present yourself in an unfavorable light.

Even many attorneys don’t represent themselves when they’re involved in non-criminal legal matters. That should tell you something. When there’s a criminal charge against you, there’s simply too much on the line to consider fighting the charge on your own.

Connect with a Qualified and Experienced Criminal Defense Team

Calling a criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy is a smart move. If you work with an attorney from our office, you’ll have a qualified advocate working alongside you.

In addition, you can pass the insights you have about your case along to your attorney, who can present the information in a clear and logical manner in court, making sure it’s tied to case law and legal doctrine. Call our firm to tell us about your criminal case and charges. You can submit the online contact form below or call 817-605-1010 to get started.

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Contact us today for a free strategy session on how we can help you win your case.

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Or Call 817-618-5215