Re: How Do You Get a Free Lawyer
different courts do it differently but generally, when arraigned, you will either be asked to enter a plea or, in some courts, they ask the gallery if anybody wishes to apply for a public defender. Of course, you would speak up then and ask for one. If you get to the point of being arraigned and asked for a plea, at that point, you should ask about a public defender. Tell the court you wish to have an attorney before entering a plea. They may enter a "not guilty" plea for you and then shuffle you off to the PD's office or whomever interviews a defendant to determine eligibility.
In any case, do not plead anything other than "not guilty" prior to being appointed an attorney or having your eligibility for a PD reviewed.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.