I have been charged with "Fraud destroy removal concealment writing". It's my first ever misdemeanor and I'm currently a student. Do I need my private lawyer to get pre-trial diversion program or can public defender get me that as well ?
You have to qualify in order to get a court-appointed lawyer. You can request a court-appointed lawyer with the Court, and they will likely have an application for you to fill out to determine if you qualify. Assuming you don't qualify, then you have your answer. Now, whether you will get a pre-trial diversion offer depends on a number of factors, including your criminal history as well as the circumstances surrounding your case. There is no guarantee that you will be offered one. Also note that if your case is a Class C misdemeanor, there is no right to a court-appointed lawyer. Anything more serious than that, then you can apply with the Court for a court-appointed lawyer.
My response to your question is not, nor is it intended to be, a creation of an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.
Who knows? You may or may not be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program. And you would have to apply with the court to see if you qualify for a court appointed lawyer or public defender. Good luck.
I am a Dallas area criminal defense attorney and former State prosecutor. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice. This answer does not form an attorney-client relationship.
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