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Normally one must first be "charged" with offenses prior to the appointment of counsel process. Assuming he qualifies, having been found "indigent" after preparing an Affidavit of Indigency, the Court would appoint counsel. . .which may or may not be a Public Defender.
The inquiry did not list a town / county in North Carolina. Some judicial districts appoint private attorneys as counsel. Other districts have a formal Public Defenders office.
Either way, it wouldn't hurt to seek out legal advice from an attorney. Many criminal defense attorneys offer free, confidential consultations.
That is important, as one would want to limit conversations / admissions to law enforcement during the period of time between an investigation and formal charges.
As to the service, generally speaking, it's pretty common for the military to require completion / closure of all criminal charges prior to going to boot-camp. And while military service is an EXCELLENT opportunity, there are some charges that may preclude admission. It can get complicated.
Keep your chin up. This is one of the hard parts about being a parent. Your son is clearly an "adult" in the eyes of the law. Probably the best thing he has going for him is the love of a clearly concerned mom.
Best of luck to you!
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You need to find the closest office of the public defender and telephone them. Your son is constitutionally entitled to counsel provided by the State if he is indigent.
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