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Thank you for the reply. Yes, today in court, you will speak with your public defender. The PD has a heavy case load and normally does not speak with their clients until the day of court, since they have so many cases to work and do not have the time to speak with everyone all the time, when they are trying to balance their workload. I know it is not ideal but the truth of the matter. They sent you the discovery to review and when you appear, you can ask any questions which you may have, to help decide if you want to fight this and go to trial or take a plea deal.
You should speak with the PD today and ask about taking depositions. This way, you can speak with the manager, volunteers, cashier or anyone else who was involved and has relevant information, to see what happened and get their version, so you can fight this and see what they would testify to
I am sorry but can you please clarify?
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You said you do not want to be a PD and a PD, as I shared above, standing for public defender.
No, the public defender acts on your behalf and represents your legal interest. You speak with them and have the final say as the client but they do the work on your behalf
They will speak with you today and ask how you want to proceed. If you tell them you want to fight this, they will prepare for trial. If you want to resolve it, they will speak with the prosecutor and work on a plea deal. You can also speak with them and schedule a time to sit down and go over everything, if you have questions and want to know how they plan on defending the charge
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