Thursday, November 5, 2009
Benefits of Counsel
Often times an individual will attend Court anticipating that the justince system will insure fairness on his or her behalf. To some degree this is a correct assumption however, people are also entitled to either have counsel of their own choosing, or in some cases, if they cannot afford same, they are entitled to have counsel appointed for them. Unless an individual is quite knowledgeable in the area of law involved in their matter, particularly their rights and privileges, these rights and privileges may be violated resulting in an unfair result. By way of example, although most judges in New Jersey make it a procedure to read a statement of rights to all parties in a courtroom prior to beginning any court proceedings, this is a very basic statement and will not afford an individual the knowledge required to avoid self-incrimination, disadvantageous guilty pleas, or other unfavorable results. It is always in the best interest of an individual who will appear in court to at least consult with counsel prior to such an appearance.