Free Lawyers? 'Worth every penny' you don't have to pay??? The courts often make $$ a condition of probation; Pay the court appointed attorney blah blah blah. In my case my defending lawyer told me to "just plead guilty." It cost me $275.00 in 1969 for a 'free lawyer.' Sure I did not HAVE to pay it. But I wanted off probation. Settling for a "public defender" was dumb. I was 18 and did not know better. NOW I DO. Do NOT ever plead guilty Do NOT even talk to an officer. Dummy up. They are there to collect enough evidence to convict someone. Sometimes we hear about 'planted evidence' etc. Justice is for the well off. Lawyers support this scenario gladly.