What does my lawyer do all day

At least once a day,  I get a certain type of call from a people who have not retained an attorney.  They are usually facing criminal charges.  And they ask:  "Can you just tell me what to do so I can represent myself?" 

I strive to be polite in all of these situations. But I'm continually stumped by this question.  The thought never crossed my mind, to call my dentist, and say,  "I need a root canal. Can you just tell me how to do it, so I can do it myself?" 

It's not enough to know the rules of criminal procedure.  There is much that goes into one case including court appearances, filing motions, obtaining discovery and gathering evidence, interviewing and deposing witnesses, looking for exculpatory evidence, and much more.  

The first fact is, that even lawyers do not represent themselves.  There needs to be a level of objectivity that can not exist when one represents themselves in court, and many more reasons.

Here's a great article by  +Kevin Hickey that outlines his similar experiences.  A good read for every new client in any area of practice. 
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