When you tell people about a pending misdemeanor, you might hear the same things over and over. "Oh, that's no big deal." or "You'll get a slap on the wrist."
That's easy for people to say who aren't sitting in a court room. The truth is that misdemeanor crimes are some of the best to take to trial. They are the best to fight and win. The police do not do their research on these cases. The prosecutors who are in charge of these cases are often inexperienced. They are winable. If you have a good reason to fight, then its usually worth your time and money to fight these.
Another thing that nobody will tell you is that the legislature is trying to turn as many misdemeanors into felonies as they can. Your 3rd misdemeanor theft = felony. 2nd evading arrest = felony. 3rd DWI = felony. What does that mean for you? It means you need to fight these while they are misdemeanors. If you beat one of the thefts or you beat one of the DWIs, then you will not see a felony if you ever get another one. Do not take a slap on the wrist today so that you can go to prison later.
And most of all, do not EVER attempt to talk to the prosecutor yourself. The prosecutor will be happy to talk to you without a lawyer, that way, you don't know how bad the offer you are getting is. Make them fight for these minor accusations. Hire an attorney who is there for the fight.