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  1. #1
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    Default How Do I Get a Public Defender

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: South Carolina.
    I have to appear in court next week for a simple possession charge of 1.5 grams of marijuana. Even though I hold 2 jobs, I barely have money to pay my bills and rent. I already was charged on the spot close to 600.00 when I was given the ticket and court date by the DNR officer.

    Am I eligible for a public defender?
    If so, do I just show up in court and ask for one?

    I called the public defender's office but just received a recording that I need to go in person (which I will do Monday).
    If I understand the process correctly, I would have to fill out paperwork and apply, then be accepted or denied.

    I am not sure if there is time for me to go through this process before having to appear in court.

    Any help would be appreciated. I have never been to court and don't know the process.

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    Default Re: How Do I Get a Public Defender

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    I am not sure if there is time for me to go through this process before having to appear in court.
    If you make a reasonable attempt to obtain counsel and they haven't answered, you should be able to get the case continued until you can. Bring copies of anything that you get from the PD office showing that the review is pending.

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    Default Re: How Do I Get a Public Defender

    Does anyone know if I can ask for a public defender when I go to court, or do I need to obtain one (or try to) prior to my court date?

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    Default Re: How Do I Get a Public Defender

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    Does anyone know if I can ask for a public defender when I go to court, or do I need to obtain one (or try to) prior to my court date?
    You can do it at court, though it would behoove you to at least call and find out if you are eligible. There are forms to fill out and you can get a jump on the whole process.

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    Default Re: How Do I Get a Public Defender

    You also have to fall within a certain income category to be eligible.

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    Default Re: How Do I Get a Public Defender

    It's a good idea to go to the pd office before hand but many time you are given one on the day of the apperance. Also keep in mind if jail time is not part of the penatly I think their not required to give you a public defender. If a fine is given,it might be possablie to arranging paying over time.

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