I've had no previous charges, but I did the crime. Could myself or my public defender get the charges dropped or ask for a diversion program? Do I need to plead not guilty in order to receive a public defender? I know you have to apply for one. I do not need this on my record because of employment purposes.
Apply for a public defender or hire an attorney. Work with him / her to try to get you into a diversion program.
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Based on the very limited information presented, it is impossible to give you any meaningful opinion on the issue of getting "the charges dropped." That answer depends on many, many factors and variables. Whether you or your lawyer could ask for a diversion program also depends on many factors, the most important of which is whether there is a pretrial diversion program in the particular court. As a general rule, most defendants plead not guilty at arraignment. If you are indigent, you should apply for the public defender to represent you. Otherwise, hire the best lawyer you can afford, and follow his/her advice.
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Ask the prosecutor if they have a diversion program you can participate in. Upon successful completion of the program the charges should be dismissed, and the arrest removed from your record. You do not have to enter a plea to request a public defender. Just tell the judge you'd like one when he calls your name.
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As a public defender, I can tell you that I really appreciate it when my clients apply ahead of time instead of just waiting until their court date to ask for a public defender. I'm not sure exactly how it works in Rome, but you should try to contact the public defender and fill out an application prior to your court date if at all possible. This will allow your public defender the time to prepare prior to court instead of on the fly in the courtroom and could possibly get you a better deal than if you had just waited until the last minute. Planning ahead in this manner may be particularly important if you are hoping to get into a diversion program because some diversion programs require you to initiate involvement before your case gets too far along in the process.
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