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Good afternoon. The public defender needs to be appointed and you can ask for it when you first appear in court. However, if the State is not seeking any jail time, the PD does not have to be appointed. You do have a legal right to fight this and can ask the Judge to appoint you the PD but if the State says they are only looking for a fine and court costs, then the Judge could deny you the appointment of the PD, so you would have to either defend yourself or retain private counsel.

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