I had to appear in court for a burglary charge, in which it was me and 3 others. It was my first and last time in any type of real trouble. After arriving at court, i greeted and spoke with my public defender about my case, and after about an hour a co-defendant entered the courtroom. At that time, my public defender excused himself saying he had to talk to my co-defendant. Well after he talked to him to him, in just a couple minutes they went in front of the court of common pleas judge. He got misdemeanors, and probation. Now as I'm excited cause I know my outcome. After about 15 mins I asked my public defender what was prosecution saying about me. Well I was laid into a backroom a few moments later, and told that a paper I needed to sign was to reschedule a court date. I didn't read it, first time in trouble who doesn't trust their lawyer. Turns out it was some paper saying I denying a speedy trial and was taking the case to Superior court in front of a judge known to hand out the strictest sentences. Is there anything I can do, because once I told a friend about how I ended up with felonies years ago he told me my rights were violated majorly on multiple occasions
You have a history of felonies, so the state is proceeding with the felony charge against you. Felonies are heard in Superior, not CCP. Your friend probably did not have a history of felonies, so the state let him plead to a misdemeanor in CCP. If you don't trust your public defender, then hire a private defense attorney to represent you. Most take credit cards, and some will take a payment plan if your down payment is large enough.
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