Misconception is when you think you are pregnant, and then you are not.  Misconception is also when you go to an Evidentiary Hearing after a Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence and think you will win because you have a note from your mother saying your ex-boyfriend is violent.  If you think you are saving money by not having an attorney represent you, you could be putting yourself at risk if your ex is violent.

You cannot just say, “He hit me.”  You have to have admissible evidence and follow proper procedures in order for the court to act on your claim.

In cases of Domestic Violence, you can get a Temporary Injunction separating yourself from a potentially dangerous situation until both parties appear before a judge at a hearing.  That hearing is like a mini-trial.  You can represent yourself in court, but those who do often bring affidavits that are not admissible, or they want to phone a friend.  The hearing is not a game show and it is not Judge Judy.

The law is technical, and from a technical standpoint there are things you can mess up that will hurt what you are trying to accomplish. 

If your claim fails in court, you could be inviting violence back to your doorstep.

Furthermore, the Judge cannot help you.  The Judge can only call balls and strikes—he or she cannot rule on conjecture.

Competent legal counsel can help reduce misconceptions in the courtroom (no matter which side you are on).