1.You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
The rules and procedures that apply to a criminal case are lengthy, complicated, and can take years of training, education, and experienced to master. The substantive law that could make the difference between freedom and jail can be complex and overwhelming or totally indecipherable.
Do you know what you should do and not do after you’ve been arrested to protect yourself or will you inadvertently doom your case? Do you know what the state must prove to gain a conviction in your case? Do you understand the defenses which may be available and how to properly assert those defenses? Do you know how to gather the evidence crucial to your defense or keep the prosecution’s evidence, tests, or testimony from being used against you?
If you don’t know any or all of those answers, you simply don’t know what you are doing, and even the smallest misstep could result in a life-changing conviction. A Colorado Springs criminal lawyer will know every nuance of the law, will understand the rules of evidence and procedure, and will pursue every possible angle to present the strongest possible defense.
2.You Could Get Steamrolled
You’re nothing special. What I mean by that is that judges see dozens of defendants appear before them every day. In an overburdened justice system, cases can and need to move fast. If you think a judge will be patient with you or cut you some slack because you’ve made the unwise decision to represent yourself, think again. Your ignorance of the law, procedural mistakes, or requests for more time will not be viewed kindly by extremely busy judges.
Your case will move fast, and your fate could be sealed before you even know what hit you. That won’t happen with a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. He or she won’t be steamrolled and will protect your rights every step of the way and ensure that the law works for you – not against you – to the fullest extent possible.
3.It Will Cost You a Lot More Than Attorney’s Fees
How much is a year of your life worth? How about five years or 25 years? What is the value on being around to watch your children grow up? What is the cost of being unable to get a job, obtain a loan, drive your car, or even stay in the country? You may be concerned about how much hiring a Colorado Springs defense attorney will cost you, but make no mistake – not hiring one can cost you a whole lot more.
I understand the concerns about how much a defense lawyer can cost. But I also know how absolutely critical it is for anyone charged with a crime to have the best criminal defense representation possible. That’s why I work closely with my clients to provide that representation at a fair and reasonable cost.
If you’re facing Colorado Springs criminal charges, saving your future is simply more important than saving a few dollars.