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The same thing that would happen if he has prior counsel. He will be arraigned on the Indictment (if he has not already been) and then various adjournment dates will come and go while discovery proceeds. During this period he will have various plea offers provided to him which he will either take or refuse. Barring any non-trial resolution he will, eventually go to trial.
If you are asking about having a public defender ... well, some are great, some are fair and some are horrid. If you are unhappy with his attorney then he has the right to hire his own counsel.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for legal aid, a public defender, or a 18-B panel attorney. The public defender will handle your case. Public defenders have heavy caseloads, but there are some GREAT public defenders in New York.
Then the public defender will handle the case. Impossible to predict and outcome.
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