Falling in to legal troubles is never easy, and that’s why lawyers exist – to guide you through a difficult time that would be tough to navigate on your own. Although it might not be cheap, it’s a solid investment in your well-being and possibly your future. Here are ten reasons why it’s a good idea to have a lawyer on your side.
Law is complicated
There’s a reason why it takes three years to get a law degree, and even longer to pass the bar. There’s so much research that goes in to any case, even a relatively simple one, and it’s always good to have someone who is not emotionally involved helping you out.
Going without could cost more
Not having a trained lawyer helping you could mean that you could end up having to pay big fines, and even spend time behind bars. And when you do hire a lawyer, you often don’t have to pay them until you actually win your case.
Lawyers know what to do with evidence
Evidence can seem so minute if you don’t know what you’re doing with it, and mistakes can be easily made once it is obtained. A lawyer is the only one who will know how to deal with all evidence-based situations.
Lawyers know how to file court documents
It’s really important to file legal documents, and file them on time in order for your case to stay on track and not get thrown out.
Lawyers know how to wrangle expert witnesses
Most lawyers have networks and rosters of people they call on a regular basis to take the stand in defense of their cases. If you’re not a legal professional, it’s unlikely that you’ll have those kinds of connections.
Lawyers know how to handle a plea
You might be totally lost when it comes to handling a plea, and your lawyer can help you decide the best way to approach that, and help you negotiate as you get further in to a case.
Avoiding problems, not creating more
The best defense is a good offense. Hiring a lawyer who knows exactly what is going on at all times means you can deal with problems as they arise, rather than creating new ones you didn’t even know you had.
A lawyer can help you come up with a good settlement offer
Your lawyer has likely been through this before, and that means they might know how it will turn out. They’ll know when a settlement is the best option, and how to negotiate the best situation for you.
You’ll likely be up against another lawyer
The opposing side will likely have opposing counsel, and they’ll be expertly navigating the case with their client, and potentially taking advantage of you if you’re without a lawyer.
A lawyer could be free, initially
A lot of attorneys will happily meet with you for free for a consultation, which can help you understand the basics of your case, and decide if you want to move forward with that lawyer.