Do I need to hire an attorney?
Based on the possible ramifications of a conviction, it would be prudent to consult with a local attorney who specializes in this type of case to assess your individual situation, to scrutinize the evidence of the case against you, and formulate a plan. Part of this analysis will include consideration of the customs and procedures of the local court where you stand accused. In Fairfax County, for example, prosecutors are not involved in Reckless Driving case unless the accused has an attorney. This policy is a response to the large volume of cases on the court’s docket on any given day. An unrepresented defendant will face the judge alone, with the evidence presented to the Court by the police officer. The unrepresented accused does not have the opportunity to present information to a prosecutor and perhaps negotiate a reduced charge. This is just one example of local procedure can have a broad impact on your experience at court and the final outcome you might anticipate.
Whether or not you need to hire an attorney will depend on your particular circumstance. Of course one of the factors to be considered will be the cost to retain the services of an attorney that specializes in this type of case. Typically, this type of case would involve a flat and fixed single fee. Specific costs can be discussed during a free consultation and those costs will vary depending on a number of factors. Keep in mind that the potential costs that could be incurred as the result of a conviction may far outweigh the fixed expense you would pay for legal counsel.