Things didn’t go as planned for Warren Jeffs. Granted, he is a little
bit “touched,” but his decision to represent himself onchild sexual abuse and rape charges just landed him a life sentence in Texas’ big house.
This morning I read an article in the Phoenix newspaper about a woman on
murder who decided to represent herself. Why someone faces such serious criminal
charges would do so, I have no idea. But her life as a criminal defense
lawyer was short lived. She blew a major issue and damaging evidence will
now be heard by the jury. An experienced criminal defense attorney would
not have made that mistake. She is now begging the judge to allow her
former attorney to represent her again because “she blew it.”
Sometimes defendants who are in jail want to represent themselves because
they get greater privileges in the jail. They get better access to the
library and to the telephone to talk to witnesses. Note that it’s
amazing how all of their buddies turn up on their list of potential witnesses.
Usually at the last minute, they ask for a “real lawyer” to
step in, but the truth is that their criminal defense attorney is not
prepared and can’t to a proper job of defending in court. The funny
thing is that this sort of thing is more common when the charges are more
conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, child molestation, etc. Defendants with lesser charges such as
domestic violence, and
fraud don’t typically play that game.
I went to school for seven years to do this job. I have been practicing
law for 20+ years and am one of the most experienced criminal defense
attorney’s in Phoenix. And while the outcome of self-representation
may not land you on death row, it can sure get you
convicted of a felony and keep you in prison for some time. Look at it this way, if you need
heart bypass surgery, would you read a manual and carve yourself up with
a hacksaw? I didn’t think so.
Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. A few extra phone calls aren’t
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