Should I Represent Myself In A Criminal Case?

Were you arrested in New York and are considering representing yourself in a criminal case? Before you make a mistake that could jeopardize your freedom, schedule a free consultation with an experienced Long Island criminal defense attorney at The Matera Law Firm. As former prosecutors, we know how the other side of the courtroom is going to be looking at our clients’ cases. Further, that trial experience has allowed us to generate positive results for all of our clients over the years.


Representing yourself is probably one of the worst things an individual could ever do. There’s the old adage, even for lawyers, that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client and for very good reason. When you’re representing yourself, it’s very difficult to have any negotiations with a prosecutor because anything that you say can be used against you. So you can imagine how that would severely hamper your ability to have any kind of meaningful discussions with anyone about your case. It is never, ever advisable that an individual represents themselves in a criminal matter.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against criminal charges.

Don’t put your freedom on the line by trying to represent yourself in a criminal case. If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced Long Island criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State. We will fight for you.

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