I have a lousy record so I need to avoid a conviction. What can you do to help?
As a former prosecutor and law clerk for a federal judge, let me tell you that the worst possible argument that someone can give to a judge or prosecutor for giving them a break is that they have a lousy record! The fact that you have retained a lawyer is not going to sway the judge or prosecutor one bit in this situation. The people with the good records get the breaks, not the people with the bad records.