If you’ve been charged with a crime, YES! When you appear in criminal court, you are working against the prosecutor and sometimes even the judge. One of the primary jobs of a prosecutor is to get you to plead guilty to a crime, pay a fine, and serve jail time. The prosecutor does not represent your legal interests. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you puts a legal expert on your side and levels the playing field in court. You may think there is no reason to hire a lawyer because you are guilty. However, if the police violated your rights in any way you may be able to get the charges against you dismissed or significantly reduced before you pled guilty or the case proceeds to trial.