Let's say I am a law-abiding citizen who was arrested due to entrapment by officers. I am booked for a court appearance within 3 days. I try to look for a private lawyer, and I find some great lawyers out there who after hearing my story told me that they can try to prevent my case from being filed at the court. At first I feel enthusiastic about hiring one of them, but later I discover two hard realities: Great lawyers are expensive, and I am still a poor law-abiding citizen.
I go to court and ask for a lawyer. A court employee screen my financial status and I am told I qualify for public representation. I plead not guilty and am schedule for a pre-trial. On my pre-trial my PD gives me two choices: 1. Take the diversion program. 2. Take the case to a jury trial.