I was arrested, but not taken into custody for stealing $500 from work. I returned the money before ever leaving the property and had intentions on returning it because of my guilty conscious. Do I have to wait until my court date to get a public defender? Is there a possibility since this is my very first run in with the law that the prosecutor will throw my case out? Is it in my best interest to get a public defender? I just need as much knowledge as possible and any possible outcomes please.