do i need a lawyer for a possession charge?

i recieved a ticket for the pot and another for papers and clips. do i need to have a lawyer in court? i was not arrested for this.

Asked on May 18, 2009 under Criminal Law, Oklahoma


J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

as a rule you never need a lawyer to represent you, the option to proceed pro se (on your own) is always available to you. Do I recommend a lawyer yes. Simply put often times when in court there may be things a person cannot understand and a lawyer may be able to help navigate your case through the system.

You also may want someone there who has your best interests in mind. Although you can represent yourself when dealing with the opposing side it is hard to always know if they are being fair and if a deal or settlement is offered you may be better served with a professional present to help ensure you get the best possible deal.

My advice is to contact an attorney and see if maybe they can represent you in this matter. If money is an issue call around and see who wants to charge what and go from there

good luck

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