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If I am pleading guilty for embezzlement and grand theft should

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If I am pleading guilty for embezzlement and grand theft should I get a lawyer or go with a public defender, if I have little to no money?
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If you cannot afford an attorney and you qualify based on your income and assists, a public defender is qualified and competent to assist you in your criminal defense. You say you are pleading guilty, but before you do so you most definitely want to consult with a criminal defense attorney and have them represent you in an effort to gain a plea agreement prior to your plea. If you do not feel comfortable with your public defender, then your only other choice would be to hire your own attorney.


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