I was arrested back in December for shoplifting approximately $150 of merchandise from a major retail chain. They didn't catch me on camera, but I admitted to everything because I was scared. I signed trespass and civil demand forms, which I now know I shouldn't have.
It is my first offense, so I'm praying for an ACD. However, as a recent college grad who is seeking work, I just don't have the funds to hire a private lawyer. After reading and asking around, I decided that I would use a public defender, but now that I am a week away from my desk appearance, I am freaking out. (I have anxiety issues.) Even though I'm due in court in a week, should I search for a private lawyer and somehow make ends meet? I think I'd rather be in debt than have a criminal record.One thing that concerns me is that the main "con" for public defenders seems not to be their lack of ability but their lack of time. With my court date only a week away, will that now also apply for the hypothetical private attorney?