Can’t I just go into the courtroom and talk directly to the prosecutor?
Sure you can. The prosecutor or assistant district attorney will be happy to talk with you about your criminal charge. His life is easier if he doesn’t have to deal with criminal defense attorneys who are going to demand that your Constitutional rights are respected. It is his job to speak against you, not for you. He is not your ally. You might tell him information that you have the right not to say, and he will not warn you. You may tell him evidence that he can use against you, and he will. If you are not well-informed about your rights and North Carolina law, you should have someone there to protect you and guide you. Only a defense attorney will have your best interests at heart. That is our job.