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Once you turn yourself in, you often can get a judge to set you a bond so you can go in, be booked, bond out and be allowed to go home.
If you hire an attorney, he/she can probably schedule this for you so you know what's going to happen before you go in.
I was picked up in another county. The judge orfered me to go to Franklin County. I already posted bond and he said he would trandfer the bond. My question is will I have to plead guilty or not-guilty at this first hearing. Is that when I am given a public defender?
Yes, you will have to enter a plea at the preliminary hearing - - also called an arraignment.
The judge will accept your plea and then set the matter for trial.
You can change your plea, enter into a plea agreement, etc. after that. This is just a preliminary plea.
Do I go to the court or the sheriff to turn myself in?
Yeah - - you can do that.
Which? Courthouse or the sheriff dept?
Sheriff's department - - sorry.
If I plead guilty is there still a trail?
No, if you were to plead guilty, there would be no need for a trial - - just a sentencing hearing.
I want the court to appoint an attorney for me as I cannot afford one. I want to get probation, and need legal advise to know how to acheive that. If I plead guilty am I giving up that chance to negotiate for probation?
Yes, if you plead guilty at the arraignment, then you're giving up all rights to negotiate.
You're better off to plead not guilty, have the judge appoint you an attorney and then you and that attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor.