Most of us were raised to know that when we do something wrong, the right thing to do is to take responsibility for our actions. Owning up to our mistakes nearly always guaranteed a fair and just punishment. Because of this, it seems intuitive then that when we get into trouble with the law, the same principles should apply, leading us to wonder why we need a lawyer at all. After all, why do we need to pay someone to stand there beside us when we throw ourselves on the mercy of the court?
The answer is simple: because the law is often times so complex that even the most straightforward cases can have surprising twists and turns. Lawyers pride themselves on their ability to zealously represent their clients, in other words, doing everything they can within the bounds of the law to ensure that their client wins. Without someone in your corner who can help you determine if the other side is asking for a lot from you because their client has a very strong case or because they are merely pushing for every advantage, it can be hard to know if you are getting a fair deal.
When debating whether to hire a lawyer, it is important to keep in mind what is at stake. In a civil case, it’s often either your money or property at risk. In a criminal case, however, you stand to lose your money, property and your freedom. So while you probably don’t need a lawyer to help you handle fighting the ticket you got for driving 67 mph in a 65 mph-zone, if you’re charged with even a slightly more serious crime, having a lawyer in your corner can really pay off. Here are the ways in which retaining a lawyer can definitely help:
If you think you might need a Criminal Defense Attorney in the North Bay Area, feel free to contact Devina Douglas.
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