If I’m guilty, do I really need a lawyer? Or should I just plead guilty to get this over with?

Accepting responsibility by pleading guilty may ultimately be the best course of action, but it is important to have a lawyer review your case and other options.  For instance, the resulting conviction and sentence may be far more devastating than you expected. Even if accepting a guilty plea is the decision, it is important to have an attorney to negotiate a guilty plea that is in your best interests and represent you at sentencing.    It is important to have an experienced lawyer to review your case and explain your options before making a decision that could have the potential life-long consequences of a criminal conviction.