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Facing Felony Charges? Why You Should Never Represent Yourself

Not every legal issue, such as a simple traffic ticket, requires hiring a lawyer. A felony charge is a situation when you should always have an attorney to represent you. It might mean that the process takes longer to get going, but you’ll be glad that you did when all is said and done. Here are some of the top reasons to hire an attorney if you’re facing a felony conviction.

The Law is Complicated
The law is very complex. There are many terms that an average individual doesn’t know the meaning of and can’t interpret correctly in its context. Attorneys understand the various laws and can apply the law to the facts of your case individually. There might be certain aspects of your case that a lawyer can pick out to solidify your defense or identify potential problems.

Hiring a lawyer can be overwhelming financially, but it is likely to save you money in the long run. You’ll avoid costly mistakes and might be able to get a reduction in your sentence or charge which can save you in ways extending above and beyond finances.

Document Preparation
If you need to file documents with the court for any reason, it helps to have someone experienced with the system to do it for you. This allows you to focus on other things besides the impending felony charge. You also don’t have to worry about ensuring that everything is in the right format or gets submitted to the right court.

Plea Bargaining
Do you know what a plea bargain is? Attorneys from experienced firms such as Mesenbourg & Sarratori Law Offices certainly do and may be able to get one for you. A felony conviction is something you don’t want on your record because it has life-long consequences that can impact your housing, employment, and areas you might not even be aware of at the time. Experienced attorneys also have been through similar cases and have a realistic approach to what you might be facing at the end of the road.

An experienced attorney can help get you out of a sticky situation and give your future a more positive outlook. If you’re facing a felony charge, be smart and utilize the resources you have available. Something this serious should not be handled by someone without expertise and experience in the area of criminal law.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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