What to Expect
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When the public defender is appointed to a case several things must occur immediately:
A physical file and computer based file is created for your case
Your case is assigned to an attorney
Your attorney reads the charging documents, the police reports and any media (surveillance videos, photographs, etc) that may exist
It is important that we have a chance to talk to you as early in the case as possible. This way we can understand your side of the story as well as be in a position to present favorable information about you when the time is right.Show up to Court (On Time)
The judge will order you to make an appearance in court on a specific date and time. It is extremely important that you are on time. If you appear late, the court may issue a bench warrant. A bench warrant can result in you being arrested and taken to jail.Dress Appropriately
Making a good impression is particularly important if you are appearing in court. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie- but it is a good idea to look respectable.Don’t Pick up New Charges
Do everything possible to avoid new charges. Not only can new charges result in you being remanded into custody, but you can be exposed to sentencing enhancements for committing a crime while you have a pending case.