Bad idea. When a defendant affirmatively asserts his right to self-representation under a California case, a written waiver of the right to counsel is not required under the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
- Criminal Defense Under investigation? Been arrested? Keep your mouth shut!
- Criminal Defense
- Assault Family Violence
- Assault By Choking/Impeding Breath
- Domestic Violence
- Aggravated Assault
- Sex Offenses
- Bond Reduction
- Grand Jury Meeting
- Avoiding an Indictment
- Improper Relationship With a Student
- Theft Crimes
- Theft Over $2,500
- Engaged in Organized Crime
- Probation Violation
- Evading Arrest
The defendant has an absolute right to self-representation. There is no script of questions that a judge needs to ask to determine that defendants knows all the pitfalls of representing themselves.
A defendant who represents himself is expected to conduct himself like an attorney to the best of his ability.
A defendant need not be admonished regarding the “dangers and disadvantages of self-representation” unless the defendant is contesting his guilt.
According to the United States Supreme Court, a defendant who represents himself cannot argue on appeal that the quality of his own defense amounted to the denial off effective assistance of counsel.
In essence, would you not be a little bit scared that you might bleed to death if you operated on yourself? Why would you go into court and try to represent yourself?