Hi, I understood what you said
But I also found out that Public Defender is not that bad. If you say so. Perhaps you have one you know personally that will go to bat for you (as it should be).
I dont know how much it is to hire an attorney, but I heard that it is really expensive(like $1500). Is that true? Yes.
Can you tell me where to find if i really need to find one? The yellow pages, google, lawyer.com, etc. You want to look under 'criminal defense.'
At this point, I think I'm not able to pay for the attorney..That is too bad. And I understand. If you can get a consult for next to nothing, consider it. You may find that the cost of the attorney is way less than the cost of not having a vigorous defense.
So I really want to get a help from the public defender. Then you must do what you must do, of course.
Also, after I get the public defender and go to the court, what am I gonna do at the court? It depends on what happens. If you choose to not plead guilty and try the case, it will be a bit protracted, likely. If you and the State can agree to a deal where you plead to something LESS than the full charge, then it will depend on what that deal is, if the Judge accepts the plea, and what he sentences you too. He does usually accept the prosecutor's recommendation of sentence, since that is how agreements can be made with defendents (and they'd fail if the Judge always reneged).
I heard about the diversion program, which is for generally first-time offenders with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution. Typically, that means you can conditionally escape the conviction of the charge you are agreeing to be convicted under if you screw up whatever parameters they set for you - you are "diverted" from the normal prosecutorial course, like taking a left at the forst, and only come back into the full fledged prosecution for all charges IF you break the conditions. It is better than a conviction, usually, because if you were do do the offence again, you'd still be a "first offender" not a 'second offender' for sentencing purposes - THIS IS HUGE, because 2nd offenses often include WAY stiffer sentences, such as mandatory jail time, etc., although the fact that you did get a conditional discharge will be information that remains part of your record. It does not typically erase the arrest, which becomes part of your criminal history or the result, but it is not the same as a conviction either. I'd definitely use it if I could, if the state will agree. Short of some bad behavior on your part (which you don't mention), or priors, it is often on the table in some form.
What is that really about? Do I have to do some community service or something?Often, yes. Fines, community service, and good behavior for X months or years. Upon completion of the "conditions" the matter is discharged. It is not as good as a dismissal of the charges altogether (such as if the State's evidence is not so great and it is willing to dismiss, or your attorney successfully files a motion for dismissal stating that the evidence, no matter how you look at it, can not be found by any reasonable fact finder to prove guilt of the exact charge beyond a reasonable doubt). But it tends to beat an outright conviction for that second offender reason noted above. Still costs a bundle though.