It’s a clichéd saying in the law that someone who represents himself (or herself), has a fool for a lawyer. Whenever one must appear in a court of law as a plaintiff- petitioner, or defendant- respondent, their chances of success increase exponentially by the participation of counsel. This is a constant truism, regardless of the level of seriousness of the matter before the courts.
A relatively new area of litigation is the explosion of peace orders and protective orders. It used to be that if a person was being harassed by an ex, a neighbor, a creditor, a spouse, or even the spouses new interest, historically the resource person would be a priest, reverend or rabbi, the neighborhood cop, or a community police arbitrator, a psychologist or psychiatrist or a muscular friend named Hulk. Now everyone goes to the judge to bring their source of discontentment into the court. While a majority of these matters proceed without counsel, the presence of a lawyer ups the odds of success big league.
Obviously if one faces a jail-able criminal offense, there is the definite necessity of hiring a lawyer or seeing the public defender. But a lawyer can be helpful in any adversarial matter where the court can impose a sanction. For instance, a non- jail-able traffic ticket can not only cause the imposition of a fine, but points can be assessed which rocket insurance premiums sky high. A lawyer using his advocacy skills can minimize the sanctions and points. And one should never attempt to negotiate a settlement for the classic fender bender without benefit of counsel.
Twentieth century America has seen the divorce rate inflict 50% of the population. A family law lawyer is a necessity. The disgruntled spouse who attempts to proceed without the advice of counsel is foolish indeed. Sometimes the couple decides they will depart amicably and make all their property, custody and financial divisions themselves. Later, most regret that penny wise, stand of independence.
Spiderman and Batman are not available. So for your neighborhood nuisance, your bump and run accident, your bar room brawl, you can see the judge. But first call Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell.