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Im so new to this. I was arrested for retail theft misdemeanor

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I'm so new to this.

I was arrested for retail theft misdemeanor 1. This is my first criminal offense ever and I didn't know how to go about the process. I was let go on ROR and I didn't realize until a week before my preliminary hearing that I was supposed to go apply for a Public Defender. (I thought they simply assigned you one if you couldn't afford a lawyer) I've gone to the Defenders office 3 times. The first on Friday I was too late, the ssecond time they told me they weren't taking applications because of the holidays and everything being so crazy. I came in today and was told the same thing. My preliminary hearing is tomorrow and I have no clue what to do and I'm scared like crazy. What do I do?

Thank you for the information and your question. Don't worry about tomorrow. You simply need to let the court know that you have not had success yet with applying for a public defender but that you cannot afford an attorney. The judge will then either appoint one there and continue your case, or continue your case so that you have time to get with your public defender. The judge will probably enter a not guilty plea for you, which you can change at a latter date if you and your attorney believe it is the best option.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much. You've made my heart rate go down tremendously.

You're welcome and best of luck to you in the future!

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