Sometimes defendants do not realize how stressful it is to testify under oath. The courtroom is simply not an environment in which most people will be at ease. And if you should take the stand, there will be a professional prosecutor asking you a barrage of questions. The prosecutor may even ask the same basic question in a number of ways in an attempt to get you to give inconsistent statements.
Prosecutors have an arsenal of tricks they employ when preparing a case and presenting it in court. And because the courtroom is a place where they make their living, they have a distinct home field advantage over anyone who is not accustomed to being part of the legal system. And a defendant who does not have competent counsel to step in when subjected to the prosecutor's badgering may offer self-incriminating testimony or even a confession.
Being your own counsel is not empowering, but rather puts you at a supreme disadvantage. In fact, even an attorney who is on trial will have another attorney who they trust to act as their representative. This is because they understand that when you go before a judge, jury and prosecutor, you need to have someone at your side who has perspective and is looking out for your best interests.
Leo V. Duval, Attorney at Law understands the emotional impact most people endure when sitting in a courtroom setting and he takes care to help his clients prepare for their appearances. He also places a premium on ensuring that the rights of his clients are protected so that they receive fair treatment from the system. If you have been charged with a crime, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Duval to discuss your legal needs.