Why would anyone hire a criminal defense lawyer when facing criminal charges instead of just representing oneself. The same reason you shouldn't do your own taxes.... The same reason you shouldn't replace your own brakes on your car. ANY MISTAKE can have life-changing consequences.
When dealing with the criminal justice system, you are dealing with your FREEDOM, with your REPUTATION, with your RECORD. When dealing with the criminal justice system, your LIFE is at stake.
Facing criminal charges in any context is an extremely serious matter. For many individuals who find themselves in this situation, penalties, such as costly fines or even imprisonment, may be a real concern.
The consequences of a criminal arrest or conviction can have a devastating effect on an individual's life, potentially damaging their present career status and/or future career prospects. Certain arrests and convictions can make it difficult to find housing.