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Representing yourself isn't so hard

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Porkncheese View Drop Down

Joined: 06/July/2016
Location: Australia
Posts: 12
  Quote Porkncheese Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Representing yourself isn't so hard
    Posted: 05/August/2017 at 21:46
To the people who cannot afford the ridiculously inflated prices of lawyers don't dispare because self representation isn't as daunting as you may think.

Some people on this forum will tell you to sell your home and spend tens of thousands of dollars on solicitors and barristers without even knowing much about your case.

Don't listen to these idiots.

Someone on this forum told me I had no chance of winning and despite making it very clear that I have no money he just kept replying with the same thing, to hire a lawyer. Suggesting I pay over $15,000 for a lawyer when the worse case scenario would of been a $3,000 fine.

Don't get me wrong its not easy. There is a lot of homework you have to do to learn about the court procedure and laws regarding your matter. But I took on police prosecution and won.

So don't listen to anyone on this forum that says you have no chance of winning and don't listen to anyone whos advice is to go and blow thousands of dollars on a lawyer because they cannot be trusted.

ozshark View Drop Down

Joined: 04/August/2017
Location: Australia
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  Quote ozshark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/August/2017 at 00:20
congratulations, I agree 100% !

Annie56 View Drop Down

Joined: 06/November/2017
Location: Australia
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  Quote Annie56 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/November/2017 at 13:49
great to hear! I was wondering often that whether representing my son by myself would be the best option...

Parrt74 View Drop Down

Joined: 26/December/2017
Location: Australia
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  Quote Parrt74 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/December/2017 at 23:11
I'm in that boat, the experience will be invaluable, won half my appeals, it will be worth it doing it myself, can't afford a lawyer anyway.:)

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Joined: 09/October/2005
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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/December/2017 at 21:53
It may be appropriate to quote Abraham Lincoln, he said - “He who represents himself has a fool for a client”

I don't think it is appropriate to make a blanket statement about self representation, sometime some cases can be self represented by certain people. But some cannot and should not be self represented.

Remember a conviction in a criminal case can have ramifications that extend much further than any penalty imposed by a court. Included in these are lost employment opportunities, refused tourist visas and so on.

That said, I have represented myself, won a major case, but lost several minor ones. All I can say is go into such a scenario with your eyes open.

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