Removal proceedings are very serious. Yet, they may also offer possibilities for relief from Removal depending on your situation. The removal hearing takes place in the Immigration Court before a Judge and a Trial Attorney who represents the government against the alien. You cannot ignore the Notice to Appear. You MUST appear.
I have never met an alien who knows enough about the law and rules of procedure to represent himself of herself. As a matter of fact, not even every immigration lawyer is qualified to handle such cases (and certainly not any “immigration consultant”). An immigration lawyer who has years of experience handling these types of serious proceedings is absolutely required.