-how comfortable are you in representing yourself in court?
-if you choose to represent yourself, do you have the time to research laws that relate to your charge?
-Is the fee of a paralegal worth paying for the possibility of reducing / withdrawing a charge?
We all have our own opinions on paralegal services but we often keep those opinions to ourselves. Best advice I can give you is to attend court just to observe then make an informed decision.
Lastly, C is right about requesting disclosure. If I were you, I would submit the request first, then decide on whether or not to hire a paralegal.