I asked a judge for a public defender. He asked how much I made a year and when I replied he said I would clear for a public defender and he would transfer me to him. I spoke with a man and he offered me a plea bargain. I said I would have to get back to him after discussing and viewing it.
After I had gotten off the phone I realized I wasn’t directed to a public defender, I was talking to a prosecutor.
Then I called back and said I’m sorry but I asked for a public defender and was directed in the wrong direction. And the judge replied “so you didn’t like the agreement. Fine we’ll get you a public defender.”
I guess I’m asking if this is allowed? Once I ask for a public defender shouldn’t that be the only person I speak to about the case?
You are in Justice Court in Beaver if I am reading this correctly. The judge there is not law trained. Contact an attorney or the assigned public defender for that court. This is not a Federal crime issue.
You are correct- and this is a problem with some of the justice courts in Utah. As Mr. Cramer indicated, you should reach out to he public defender and no longer speak to the prosecutor.
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