What has apparently occurred in your daughter's case is that the Public Defender's Office has a conflict of interest and cannot provide her with criminal
defense services. My guess is it is because they are representing her alleged co-conspirators or co-actors in the alleged crime. Because of that, she is being referred to the "conflict's panel" which is a group of qualified attorneys who represent indigent defendants when the PD's attorneys cannot because of the conflict of interests. So, she is just being assigned her own attorney outside the PD's Office to represent her and protect her separate legal interests in the charge she is facing.
The only way around using the attorney she is assigned is to hire one of her own that she pays for.
As for charging her with the underlying crime, that is how alleged accessories, co-conspirators or co-actors are charged. Each person in the group that either planned or were a part of the crime are charged with the entire crime, just as if they had carried it all out themselves.
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