You have the right to act as your own attorney; however, if you are not familiar with the substantive law, the legal procedures, and the implications of the decisions you make you may not want to represent yourself. Whether you are dealing with a DUI/DWI, a misdemeanor or a felony, an attorney’s guidance and counsel is of utmost importance. Should you give a statement to the police? Are you required to? What are my rights?
Depending on the type of crime you have been charged with, you could be facing a criminal record and/or jail time. If you do not have a criminal lawyer, you may end up saying or doing something that will in all likelihood harm your case. The police may attempt to “get your side of the story” but this in all likelihood will not be in your best interest. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will protect your interests and constitutional rights.