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I assume that you were charged with California Business and Professions Code Section 4040, possession
of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Unfortunately, you cannot change where the case is head, as the county where the offense occurred is the only one that has jurisdiction to hear the case.
You also need be present or have an attorney appear on your behalf for your arraignment hearing. I would suggest that you be present.
You can and should apply for a public defender
if you qualify. Regardless, you will qualify for a penal code 1000 pre-trail diversion program. As long as you complete it (which is not too hard to do), your conviction will be vacated and eliminated from your record.
The prosecutor may even offer this at arraignment, so it may not be necessary for you to get a public defender or hire an attorney at all. But this is definitely what you want, since it's relatively easy to complete and will give you a clear record again.
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