Sometimes you know you did the thing you’ve been charged with. In those cases, it may seem easier to just plead guilty and be done with the court process. However, prosecutors regularly charge more than they can prove. There may also be technical violations in the way the police handled your case that will make it hard, or sometimes impossible, for the prosecutor to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By hiring a lawyer even if you are guilty, you can improve your chances of negotiating a plea agreement that will reduce your penalty and help you get back to your life.