Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Yes, I would like more detailed advice, especially if I am going to be dealing with a public defender because sometimes they are not the best. How would I try to persaude the judge to lower my sentence or give me community service/parol? And after the court date, how many days do I have to pay my tickets by?
Yes, that does help a little more. When I go to court, will i be given a public defender there on the site or how does that work? And what are the chances of getting a better settlement?
You have a choice to plead guilty or not-guilty or if you plead guilty you should be looking for some kind of deal with the prosecutor, such as a deferred judgment.
You have nothing to lose by pleading not-guilty.
You are not necessarily guaranteed a public-defender.
This will become clear on your first appearance.
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why am I not guranteed a public defender?And so on my first court appearance, I just walk into court with no sort of defender to help me cut a deal then?
This will depend on the seriousness of the crime charged and your current financial position. These will both be assessed by the court before you would be granted a PD
The first appearance, the charge will be read. You can ask the judge for a public defender and the judge will explain your eligibility.
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