This is one of the most common questions we get. Do I need a lawyer if I am pleading guilty? The answer is YES! No matter what you are pleading, it is always best to have a lawyer on your side. Any case is better fought by a lawyer with you. Even if you are going to plead guilty, there are so many benefits to having a lawyer. From discussing your options to lowering your sentence, having a lawyer will help you immensely.
Perhaps the most important reason why you need a lawyer is to go over all your options. There are so many factors that contribute to your bail amount and sentencing. Having a lawyer explain your options to you and give you advice will allow you to make an informed decision. Often, lawyers are offered deals not available to the pro per party. You may end up serving a longer sentence or probation term than necessary. Knowing all your options and all the information is something that is necessary if you are ever in this situation, having a lawyer will give you clarity and great legal advice.
Having a lawyer also presents a responsible front to the Court. It may be perceived as a lack of concern if you simply walk in and plead guilty casually. It will also show the Prosecuting attorneys that you are not giving up. Showing that you care about yourself and your situation enough to hire a lawyer and learn more about your case can be very beneficial.
Another advantage of having a lawyer, even if you are pleading guilty, is that they understand all of your rights and can protect them. You may think you know everything you need to know in order to finish your case, but you don’t. Lawyers will likely know the laws and your rights, better than you; and they are going to fight to make sure you are not being taken advantage of. There will always be something that you do not understand fully, and a lawyer can explain everything to you and your family.
No matter the situation, no matter the plea or deal, you should always have a lawyer by your side if you are ever in the criminal realm. Whether it is to give advice, explain a law, or simply to show that you care, lawyers bring experience and guidance with them. If you are in need of a lawyer, give us a call or fill out our contact form to get connected to one of our amazing team members; they will be happy to team up with you to fight.