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Effect of Prior Convictions on Your Criminal Case

In Florida — as in all other states — prosecutors tend to aggressively pursue litigation using every tool at their disposal. For example, it’s a common strategy for prosecutors to slap on as many related charges as they can in order to drive up the risk of litigating your case (as conviction could lead to a significant sentence) so that you feel pressured to accept a plea bargain. Given the aggression typical of prosecutorial strategy, most criminal defendants feel (at the very least) a touch of anxiety at the prospect of having to litigate their case. This anxiety can be especially potent if the defendant has a prior criminal conviction, but the fundamental question is whether the anxiety is reasonable, given the circumstances — to what degree will evidence of a defendant’s criminal past actually affect their present criminal case? These are complicated questions that demand a breakdown of the basics,...
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Why Representing Yourself in a DUI Case May Lead to Disaster

Why Representing Yourself in a DUI Case May Lead to Disaster
Too many people charged with a DUI decide to represent themselves in court instead of hiring the best DUI attorney Los Angeles has to offer. There are many reasons why so many people feel that getting proper representation is not in their best interest, but the truth is that the advantages of having a knowledgeable, experienced DUI attorney by your side is far greater than any disadvantages that might be offered. In fact, there are many myths out there about the court process and hiring of attorneys that causes people to make decisions that are ultimately not in their best interest. Here are just four reasons why representing yourself can lead to disaster when facing DUI charges. Making Poor Decisions Arguably the biggest issue about representing yourself in court is simply not having the experience necessary to make the right decisions. The court process is really about making a series of...
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