Call the local public defenders office and ask them. Some courts don't appoint a public defender until after the arraignment. You also might live in a county where a private defense attorney will appointed as a public defender for you. The local office will be able to give you a better answer than we can. All a private defense attorney can tell you is: 1. You aren't going to find lawyers who work for free outside of the public defenders office. 2. The court is legally required to appoint you an attorney if you are charged with a felony, and 3. Good Luck.
You state no question.
If you are indigent, the court will appoint counsel for you - that should have happened at arraignment. If you are not indigent, which is likely why counsel was not appointed, you will have to retain your own attorney. Contact the CA and county bar associations for referrals.
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If it's true that you don't take drugs then it will be easy to prove. However, you need to act on it now because testing for drug usage is typically limited to the last six months. In regard to an attorney, many attorneys have payment plsns, including credit cards, monthly payments, etc. Call a few for a free consultation to determine which one best works for you. I wish you the best.
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IF you appear in court without a private attorney, the court will have you complete a financial disclosure. IF you qualify for court-appointed counsel (public defender), then the judge will appoint an attorney to represent you. Your story is rather "fishy" and quite frankly reeks of methamphetamine. Get into treatment or at least some NA meetings and be sure to appear in court when ordered.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
You are employed, so the court may have a problem with appointing you an attorney. Most courts have income and expense firms to be filled out before a lawyer can appointed.
The court may require you to try to hire a lawyer and then report back in your efforts.
Being not guilty is different than needing a lawyer.
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