Do I Really Need An Attorney???

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When facing a legal issue, you always have the right to attempt to resolve the matter yourself. However, depending on the situation, an attorney can be vital in helping you understand the issues and provide options that you may have never known were available and an attorney ultimately can help you achieve your best result.

If you are charged with a criminal offense and jail time is on the table, your liberty is at stake. Incarceration and/or probation can be an overwhelming issue that can impact your life including school, employment, and family. If you have a family law legal issue such as a potential divorce or custody matter, this also can impact your life in ways you likely never anticipated when things were going well.

It is true that no one knows your situation as well as yourself, as you are the one going through it. However, it is also true that no one knows the law and legal issues that may apply in your case like a licensed experienced attorney. A good attorney will take your situation and apply the law to your specific situation. This in turn will put you in your best position to get the best result.

In all cases involving criminal law, you will have an attorney on the other side called a prosecutor. As a former prosecutor, I can tell you from experience that the goal of the prosecutor very rarely aligns with the goal of the person accused of a crime. As a matter of fact, what they are seeking to achieve is typically in direct opposition as to what you want. Prosecutors may seek jail time, probation, lengthy sentences, a criminal record, and numerous other conditions. This is why having an experienced criminal defense attorney can be crucial in identifying your potential defenses, advocating your position, and managing your case to give you the best chance to avoid and or limit these life altering requirements.

In most family law cases one side will seek the advice and counsel of an attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to discuss in detail factors considered by the courts when deciding custody of children, the division of marital assets and debts, how to calculate child support, the child support worksheet, a parenting plan, a marital dissolution agreement that properly sets out the property division, etc. These are just a few of the important aspects that would be covered. This can be overwhelming for someone trying to tackle this on their own without an attorney to assist them, especially if the other side has one!

Ultimately, the advantages of having an experienced attorney outweigh any disadvantages when legal issues arise. If you are seeking advice from an attorney don't hesitate to contact one asap. You can contact Thomas Parkerson at Parkerson Law for a free consultation today!

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