Advice to Attorneys Representing Themselves

I was talking to a judicial magistrate in Iowa today (magistrates are part-time judges who hear routine traffic/criminal matters, small claims cases, etc) and he told me something interesting.

Attorneys who represent themselves on traffic tickets and such tend to be very arrogant at trial and act like they’re better than the witnesses, the police officer, and the system itself. They also rarely keep things simple.

Maybe this says something about the type of attorneys who choose to try and get out of traffic tickets, or maybe it says something bigger about attorneys in general.

I think the big advice to take from this is to do as you always should and A) be respectful and nice, and B) keep things simple.

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