I am a first year college student and this is my first run-in with the law, ever. I am having all my homebound mail held in hopes to keep this from my parents. How will the court decide if I am eligible for a public defender? I have little money, which led me to steal the textbooks from the bookstore, and am dealing with a recent family disaster. This was incredibly out of character for me, and I am praying to be given a second chance. Is there a possibility for me to be eligible for a diversion program?What are the chances of getting into a diversion program relying solely on a public defender? And is it possible to get a public defender before the date of the arraignment?