Why should I hire a lawyer if I did it or if I plan to plead guilty?
What I usually tell clients when they ask me that question is whether you did it or not is irrelevant. You still have rights that are guaranteed to you under the Constitution. You have the right to see the evidence against you. You have a right to have an attorney review that evidence with you to see if there are any flaws or inconsistencies in the state’s case.
It’s the state’s responsibility to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If their evidence is not sufficient in order to meet that burden of proof, your attorney can challenge that evidence, so it may mean that your charge gets dismissed, it may mean that the charge is reduced to a lesser charge, but either way, if you just walk into court and plead guilty at the first court date, you give up every opportunity that’s afforded to you to challenge the case, have an attorney negotiate for you, to give you time to think about your decision so that they’re informed decisions.
So if you have a court date coming up, what I would suggest to you is give me a call. Come in and talk to me about your case, and lets talk about what options might be available to you. I think that you’ll be better off doing that versus just walking into court and pleading guilty, so give me a call and let me help.