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I'm 19. I was caught shoplifting $24. I was arrested in the store and was given a notice to appear in court in a month and a half. It is for PC 488 - petty theft, a misdemeanor. I have researched it and because it is under $50 and it is my first offence, I will likely be able to get it downgraded to a 490.1 infraction. However I am confused about the way this will work. I do not have the money for a private attorney, and would like a public defender. When I appear for arraignment, will there be a public defender provided for me?