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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Unfortunately, once a crime has been reported the State decides whether or not to drop the charges. Because he is not your spouse, the State can require you to testify against him.
Getting a lawyer is not going to help you in this situation. Further, it will be up to the State to determine whether he is eligible for any drug treatment programs.
What about the public defender? Can I help on his end to reduce the charges and get my BF the help I believe he needs?
You can, but you need to get your boyfriend to instruct the public defender to talk to you about the case. If you testify that you actually did give him permission to use your car, then the charges may be dropped down. In regards XXXXX XXXXX him the help he needs, this again will be something that is up to your boyfriend. You cannot force his lawyer to ask for something that he does not instruct the lawyer to ask for.
If the case goes to trial, you can ask the court to allow you to make a victim's impact statement that you think he needs drug treatment and that would be the best kind of sentencing that could be given to him.