Originally Posted by cposk
The judge barely even let me speak
The two biggest mistakes you can make (and most people do) are:
1) Dont hire an attorney
2) Go in front of a judge and plead guilty without an attorney
Its unfortunate, but you have a play their game and hire representation. Does is cost some money up front? Yes. Is it much easier on you in the long run? Absolutely.
NEVER, I repeat NEVER...NEVER go in front of a judge without an attorney and never plead guilty. You are setting yourself up for what ever the prosecutor throws at you.
I've learned many times from experience!