Should I Represent Myself in a Criminal Case?

Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Facing criminal charges can be one of the most frightening and stressful situations of your life. Representing yourself or hiring a criminal defense attorney to defend you is a critical decision that can impact that rest of your life. Whether you are in the West Palm Beach area or elsewhere in Florida, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida can help you make that decision.

Consider the Consequences

If you are thinking about representing yourself and not hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should think about what the likely punishment will be if you are convicted of the crime charged. You have to weigh the risk of facing that conviction alone or with a criminal defense attorney by your side.  

Some offenses are so minor that you probably don't need a criminal defense attorney. If you are charged with a minor traffic offense, you are likely only facing a fine and may not want representation.

If you are charged with a more serious offense, like drug trafficking, embezzlement, or manslaughter, you may be facing years of prison. You will want a seasoned criminal defense attorney providing an aggressive and strategic defense on your behalf.

Impact on Your Future

When deciding whether to consult a criminal defense attorney, you should also consider what impact a conviction in this case will have on your future. Even convictions for minor offenses can lead to unintended consequences like

  • Harsher punishment for a second conviction
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Suspension of a professional license
  • Loss of a professional license
  • Deportation or affect on your immigration status

You don't want what you think is a minor conviction to harm your future. Consulting a criminal defense attorney can help prevent or lessen these unintended consequences. 

Retaining a Criminal Defense Attorney

At The Cochran Firm South Florida, our criminal defense attorneys are experienced in representing clients like you, who may have been wrongfully accused or suffered the repercussions of a bad decision.

Advocating on your behalf, our criminal defense attorneys may help reduce your sentence, strike a deal with the prosecution, or find violations of your rights in the manner your case was handled by law enforcement. As your criminal defense attorney, we can fight for your rights and give you the zealous defense you deserve.

If you are facing criminal charges, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your free case evaluation.