Q: pre trial conference for a simple misdemeanor, was wondering if i apply for an attorney do i get one right away
Or would i get another court date
A: Usually, if you're applying for an attorney at state expense, that's something you do at your initial appearance. If you have a PTC coming up and need to apply for counsel and have somehow not yet gotten that opportunity, call the clerk of court for whatever county this is in and ask how you can apply for counsel.
Bear in mind that if you have much income at all -- even so little as $10k/year -- you may not qualify for a public defender, and even if you do qualify, you will likely be expected to reimburse the state.
If you're told that you don't qualify for counsel, please interview and retain private counsel ASAP so that they have time to catch up on your case details before the pretrial and advise you about the feasibility of available plea options, whether you have any valid bases upon which to suppress evidence, and whether it's in your best interests to proceed to trial.
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