Should You Hire A Lawyer?
In my twenty seven years of practicing law, one of the most perplexing questions I have to answer for people is, "Should I hire a lawyer?" My answer is, "If you have a legal question or issue, you should hire a lawyer."
To me it's like asking should you hire a doctor if you have a medical question? As with medicine, you can do self diagnosis and head for the over the counter medicine aisle, you can also diagnose your legal question and act In Pro Per or even file a small claims court case.
The question is will you get the same result without a lawyer? The answer is a resounding "Maybe!"
If you are a gambler you can flip a coin and make your decision about whether to hire a lawyer, but depending on the case and how important it is for you to win, it is better to have a lawyer than not have one.
Whether it is a simple auto accident, a relatively minor crime, or a debt you don't believe you owe, it would be better to hire a lawyer and take the guess work out of the result.
Remember two things: (1) in every case there will be two sides; (2) one side will always have a lawyer, whether it is the District Attorney in a criminal case, or the Insurance Company Lawyer in an accident case.
Without a lawyer on your side, you are at a disadvantage. Think of it as insurance. For example, will you know whether the law has changed since you last heard about it? What does three strikes means if you only have one strike? Will you know that you can ask the court to strike one strike? Will you know that two strikes won't get you life but it will cause the court to double a three year sentence to six years?
Do you know that the limit on small claims is no longer $5,000 but it has increased to $7,500? Do you know that you should not talk to the police officer when you are suspected of a crime? Do you know that the officer can lie to you and not be penalized. He can tell you that there is a video tape of you committing a crime in order to get you to confess, only to discover later that there was no video. But if you lie to him, you can be charged with a new crime of giving false information to an officer. Do you know what the statute of limitation is for filing a lawsuit in an accident case?
The old saying that "He who has himself as his own lawyer has a fool" has a lot of truth to it.
IF YOU KNOW ALL OF THE RULES, YOU DON'T NEED A LAWYER. HOWEVER, IF YOU DON'T KNOW ALL THE RULES, THEN I ADVISE YOU TO HIRE A LAWYER.