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I am guilty, have no defense, and just want to get this over with. Should I even bother getting an attorney?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

Over my 12 years of practicing law, I’ve certainly had individuals come to me and say things exactly like what has just been stated in terms of you believe you’re guilty, you believe that you have no defense, what’s the point of getting a lawyer? The point of talking to a lawyer and probably retaining you too is that many people think, “Well, I did something, I feel guilty about it, and it probably is illegal. I know that.”

But, the bottom line is, whether or not you feel that way, whether or not something occurred that may even qualify under the law to make you guilty of the offense, you have legal rights, Constitutional rights, that need to be protected that include that the state of Florida is required to prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. They are not allowed to use illegally obtained evidence. You need to be aware of any sentencing implications that you might be exposed to, and you need someone to be your advocate and to assist you throughout the process. I would always advise still speaking with a lawyer even if you think you’re guilty of the offense and there’s no hope.