You do not need to hire an attorney to contest a traffic charge. You may do so if you wish. However, if you cannot afford an attorney, you are only entitled to a court-appointed attorney only if you are charged with a misdemeanor (or jailable) offense. Speeding and most accident charges are not misdemeanors; therefore, you are not legally entitled to a court-appointed attorney for those types of charges. The Assistant States Attorney cannot give legal advice to defendants. If you want legal advice you may consult with your own lawyer. Legal advice should not be provided to you by a Deputy Circuit Clerk. If you need legal advice, secure it only from your own attorney.