You will get a lawyer appointed to represent you if you cannot afford counsel.
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You need to consult with one or more qualified criminal defense attorneys who practice in your area. Most here will consult initially without charge. Take advantage of that to speak privately and confidentially with them to get a better understanding of your options and the fees that will be charged.
Your ability to get your job back or obtain new employment will not be determined by this incident but how you respond to it. The fact that you have found yourself in this forum suggest you already know how to appropriately respond -- consult with and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.
When you find yourself in your situation, it is easy to feel like the sky is falling in and assume the worst. By consulting with legal counsel, you place yourself in a position to receive objective feedback from a person experienced in dealing with these types of situations. As a result, you may find 2 things: 1) there is hope; and, 2) you may have the financial capacity to retain a private attorney.
Don't dismiss options without first exploring them, which is what you have begun doing right here. Your rights, your freedom and your livelihood depend on it.
As previously stated by another attorney, many attorneys, like me, offer free initial phone consultations. All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial. It's a simple first step. Take it.
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