While there are some charges that are simple and easily handled on their own, it is advisable to at least seek legal counsel for advice on certain cases. Whether you choose to hire an attorney or not is up to you. It is important, however, to know and understand your legal rights in any situation. Hiring a qualified attorney will protect you in many ways. If you choose to move forward without an attorney, you could miss important deadlines or lose out on many benefits you would otherwise not be aware of. If you want an attorney but can't afford one, the court will appoint a public defender to help you with your case. They are just as qualified as any other attorney, but are employed by the court to assist in providing legal counsel to individuals who have no other recourse.