As of now I have a public defender. The charges state that the damage was sole property of my spouse, when it's actually community property. My public defender is hiring an investigator and is seeking a suppression hearing (statement was taken while intoxicated, before I was arrested, but wasn't allowed to leave. I have cops surrounding me) I declined the prosecutors deal to drop to whatever misdemeanor charge they want and go to mental health court. Trial is set for March 25. No one has been in contact with victims advocate (no one was harmed). So I'm really wanting to know if my best bet is to stick with a public defender or hire an attorney. Of course I want everything dismissed, including the no contact order, however not being a felon is above all. It's a risk and I need direction.
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