I cannot afford a private attorney & know I will qualify for a public defender however i did go and speak to a private attorney who said i can go there the first day and say i need more time.. is this reasonable?
if i get a pd, what will they do? will they make a decision that day? with a pd am i able to go back (if they give me another court date) & dismiss that public defender & bring in my own attorney if i am able to work with them and their prices? how do i handle this situation? any suggestions?
also, for petty theft in fresno (ca), would u recommend bringing in documents from my doctors showing i am getting help to try and treat my depression & find the cause of my shop lifting? Would school grades help to show I am trying to better my life?If my amt stolen was roughly 104.91 dollars, what are the chances that my pd will be able to work with the da & make it so i have to go to theft classes and other things, but my record will be preserved of the "guilty" sentence... that is one of my biggest concerns. i made one BIG mistake and am now trying my best to get it corrected. ALSO, if i am supposed to be transferring to another city for school in january will that be a problem? i will still come back for all court dates and community service/classes (or would i be allowed to complete those in another city if the state still is california?) i have generally heard good things about public defenders i just guess i'm afraid they will try to do things in a hurry & that will mess me up.
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