Yes, when you are facing criminal charges, a protection order, an investigation, or educational disciplinary proceeding then your good name, future opportunities, employment or career and liberty may be at stake. You do need an attorney. Why? Because the things you could lose are some of the most important things in your life. That is nerve wracking and frightening. In that emotional state, you are already at a disadvantage in terms of taking care of yourself and your situation.
Or, you might think that there is no evidence and the judge or prosecutor will see that and side with you. Don’t assume your opinion of the evidence and the court system is accurate. Since you’re probably not one who has been through this numerous times, you probably don’t know the ins and outs and strategies and rules that would be most successful. And an experienced attorney does. You need an attorney with a cool and objective perspective who knows the people, the rules, the courts, the possibilities and has the skills to stand by you and protect you in an intimidating court system.