I was recently arrested for shoplifting in Manhattan and was given a desk appearance ticket. I am in my early twenties and am between jobs, so I have no income. I'm living with my uncle for free because I can't afford a place, so I definitely can't afford a private lawyer. Am I qualified for a public defender? I don't know if my parents' income affect whether I am, but they live in another state and probably make something between $35K-$50K. I plan on bringing my bank statement to my desk appearance, but is that enough?