If I simply intend to plead guilty, why do I need an attorney?
It’s amazing how many times people ask whether they need an attorney when they intend to plead guilty because they feel they were caught cold. There are so many factors that go into engineering and negotiating for the best possible terms of a plea agreement that it’s essential that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you.
It is virtually impossible for you to represent yourself and to expect to get the results that an experienced criminal defense lawyer can get for you. You can look on the internet all day and all night. You can read whatever books you want, it doesn’t matter.
You’ve got to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer because as smart as you may be, as experienced as you think you are, as many friends as you have who are giving you advice, including lawyers who don’t practice criminal law, nothing takes the place of being represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will get you the best results that you can possibly get.