When it comes to criminal charges and DUIs in Minnesota, it is important for you to understand the seriousness of the consequences you face. There are many reasons why you may decide to represent yourself in court. Self-representation is not advisable for every type of legal matter. Even if this is your first DUI/DWI offense, you should not expect to receive any leniency and mercy from the courts. There are far too many factors that can have an adverse impact on your situation.
Before you go to trial, take some time to learn about a few disadvantages of self-representation.
Inadequate understanding of the law
No matter how well you may know your rights, you do not understand the law well enough to build yourself a successful defense. The law is very complicated. You do not understand the tactics and laws the prosecution may use against you. You also do not have the time to learn what you need to know well enough to use it to successfully defend yourself against the prosecution. A criminal defense attorney can help you overcome these obstacles for a better outcome.
Do not realize the less obvious consequences
You should not assume that the guidelines for sentencing are the only consequences you face. Criminal charges can have a major impact on your life. For example, a DUI conviction carries penalties of fines, treatment, driver's license suspension and jail time. A conviction can ruin your relationships; affect your ability to qualify for public benefits, housing, higher paying jobs, lower car insurance premiums; and create complications with your ability to obtain certain professional certifications.
There is nothing wrong with you wanting to fight for your rights and innocence in court on your own. However, you could make a mistake or do something wrong that negatively impacts your outcome. With so much at stake, you should consider speaking with an attorney for guidance.