Attempts by others to "take the charge" don't always absolve the one who is actually charged. In fact, sometimes in can lead to another person being added into the mix.
As far as hiring an attorney versus going forward with the public defender, if it is your intent to do this, I would recommend that you do so immediately. Waiting until the last minute to hire an attorney is just nonsense. First of all, it gives very little time for you to discuss your case with your attorney and go over possible defenses. Second, it gives your attorney very little time to prepare for trial.
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Whether or not your defense will be successful would require myself, or any other lawyer, knowing more about the specific facts. You can hire a lawyer any time you want. Whether the judge will give you a continuance based on you hiring a lawyer at the 11th hour is another story.
You can terminate representation by one attorney and hire another at any time, as far as someone else taking a charge for you - discuss this with whomever you retain as counsel.
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You do have a right to retain an attorney of your choice, however, if you wait until the day of trial, that might be to late. The judge may still require you to go to trial. In addition just because someone else is willing to take responsibility does not mean the charges will be dropped against you. Please feel
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Decatur, Georgia. 30033
If by "take the charge" you mean that he shows up and says that it was his marijuana in your purse, or your pocket, or your car, then that doesn't help you. You are not charged with OWNING marijuana. The crime is POSSESSION of marijuana. It doesn't matter who owned it. So him showing up and claiming ownership doesn't mean you didn't possess it.
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Most PDs are very competent attorneys. Have you taken the time to discuss your boyfriends involvement in the case with your PD? You should do so right away! You might be surprised and pleased at what they may be able to work out for you.