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Dear JACUSTOMER - You need to ask the judge in the court to appoint a lawyer for you. You should not discuss your case with anyone except an attorney and you should plead not guilty. There is no reason that you should have pled guilty to anything under these circumstances so you did the right thing.
Once you have a lawyer he or she can discuss the matter with the DA and try to get the charges dropped or reduced. If you did nothing wrong you have a right to a trial by jury so you have no reason to give in to pressure from the prosecutor and you have a right to be represented by counsel. Just keep quiet until your court appearance and then ask for a lawyer and tell the judge you want to plead not guilty.
Unless you are under arrest and incarcerated you generally cannot get an appointed attorney until the court date.All that happens in the initial appearance is that you enter a plea of not guilty and then the case is set for a pretrial conference. That gives your attorney time to review the file and prepare the case. There's nothing to prepare for the initial hearing since it's just a matter of saying "not guilty".
You can call the clerk of court and ask but I don't believe you will be able to get counsel unless appointed by the judge. The court has to make a determination that you financially qualify for a PD before they will appoint one.
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