Criminal Lawyers You Can Trust
Every year, millions of people attempt to navigate the court system while being underrepresented by court-appointed lawyers. In fact, 80 percent of state criminal defendants lack the ability to pay for lawyers and thus have to depend on court-appointed counsel. Though many look to court-appointed counsel, this may not be the best choice, as public defenders are often overworked and underfunded.
Being underrepresented in court can make or break your case. The harsh reality is that there are numerous cases of unprofessionalism
by court-appointed attorneys. The result of this unprofessionalism is defendants being deprived of a fair trial, or even a retrial. For example, a 1996 case in Texas saw the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals uphold a death sentence even though the defendants lead attorney slept during the trial. This demonstrates the importance of having an experienced and professional criminal defense attorney.
Also, when facing lesser misdemeanor charges, which may still bring along hefty fines and excess stress to everyone involved, only those defendants whose convictions result in incarceration are entitled to the assistance of counsel. So even if you are facing numerous court-imposed fines, without the possibility of jail time, you cannot receive the assistance of a public defense attorney.
Pro Se versus a Criminal Defense Lawyer
When facing a criminal trial, it may seem in your best interest to appear in court pro se (advocating on one's own behalf). However, having an experienced criminal lawyer will provide you with the best outcome possible. Representing oneself in court may seem like an easy way to save yourself attorney fees since only you know the truth about the case. This could not be further from the truth. When it comes to the court system, it is incredibly beneficial to all parties involved to not appear pro se. In a study produced by the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Unrepresented Litigation, pro se litigation slows down the legal process and potential miscarriages of justice.
Trial has been described as a multilevel game of chess as opposed to a game of checkers, where one must have the technical knowledge as well as the ability to deal with surprises that come along the way. An experienced criminal defense lawyer knows how to best deal with all factors of the legal proceedings. Some of the biggest mistakes seen when people attempt to provide their own legal defense include:
- Believing that they will get special treatment
- When representing yourself, you will have to play the role of an attorney, and the judge will not grant you leeway with procedural rules and courtroom proceedings in any way. You will be held in the same regard as an attorney and will be required to act as such.
- Procedural mistakes
- Filing court documents and forms correctly and completely can be confusing for someone who is still learning about the basic procedures of the court.
- Not understanding Courtroom Jargon
- Unfamiliarity with the terminology of the courtroom will not grant you a pass. Though it should be made easier to understand, not having legal counsel will limit your ability to gather the needed information.
A Greensboro Criminal Defense Attorney at Your Side
Retaining unskilled legal representation or attempting to navigate the court system alone can be disastrous. Our defense lawyers’ have over 60 years of combined experience and have served the Triad community in issues ranging from traffic tickets all the way up to capital felonies. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best in criminal defense law and making sure that they are fairly judged within the court of law.
At Ivey McClellan, our criminal defense attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of criminal law. Our criminal defense lawyers in Greensboro, NC have represented individuals before District, Superior and Federal Courts in North Carolina. We have worked with clients in criminal trials, appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and if necessary, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Whatever your needs, we have experience, knowledge, and connections to represent you through one of the most difficult times you will likely encounter. We’ll be at your side every single step of the way, ensuring that you have the best representation available to you while in and out of court. Contact us to discuss your options today.
100 South Elm Street Suite 500
Greensboro, NC 27401
551 Monroe Street
Eden, NC 27288
Phone: (336) 623-4600