Charles Weisselberg Says Defendants Rarely Succeed in Self-Representation

Contra Costa Times, August 18, 2010 by Malaika Fraley

If they are in custody, they have limited access to legal research and time to investigate or interview witnesses. They are more likely to miss opportunities that would mitigate the seriousness of a case, and less likely to evaluate evidence as well as a lawyer…. “It’s not unheard for individuals to do a good job representing himself or herself, but it is rare,” Weisselberg said.