Can I Represent Myself in Court in South Florida if I'm innocent?: Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney explains why you need a lawyer when you're innocent
Technically, yes - you can represent yourself in the Florida court system.
Truthfully? We would not recommend representing yourself in Florida. Even if, and perhaps - especially if - you are innocent.
Any time anyone is arrested and charged with a crime in South Florida, they now have a criminal record - regardless of if they’re found guilty or not.
The legal system is very complicated to navigate. There are all sorts of documents that need to be filed, and court and criminal procedures in place that you need to comply with.
It’s not something you learn overnight, and you don’t want to let lack of knowledge, or failure to comply with a simple procedural rule hurt your case in any way.
One of the most important jobs of an attorney is to protect all of your rights, safeguard your future, and ensure that your arrest was lawful. You might not know all of your rights, and whether or not they were ever violated during your arrest or court procedures.
Great criminal defense attorneys undergo years of training and have years of experience specific to the exact situation you're in. They know all about what police are allowed to do and how, they know your rights - inside out and upside down, and they know the Florida State Laws like an expert.
Through this experience and more, we have acquired the tools and resources you need to best defend your South Florida DUI or Criminal case.
In fact - we're not even afraid to "put our money where our mouth is" so to speak.
We offer FREE strategy sessions. In these free consultations, we talk about everything that would need to be done to attack your case and criminal allegations. If you learn about all that goes into defending you and your future and you still want to defend yourself; that is certainly up to you.
But we have a feeling that once you learn all that needs to happen to represent you - even if you're innocent - you may change your mind. There is a lot on the line when dealing with criminal allegations in a State like Florida which has tough criminal penalties.
There is simply too much at stake and too much to lose when dealing with any kind of criminal charge or allegation in South Florida. Criminal records can affect your job, your family, your future, your finances and so much more.
Schedule a complimentary strategy session with our firm and we’ll go through your case with you to help you figure out the best way forward.