My question involves criminal law for the state of: NC
So I have been charged of a Misdemeanor Larceny. This is my first time.
My first court appearance is in Feb. 2010 and I have no clue what to expect and want to be prepared for it *yes i've read the sticky pinned topics*.
I think I should get a lawyer since I have no clue but I can't afford one. What is the minimum it can cause to have one? And as for having a Public Defender, do I have to call ahead of time to say I need one in court? Also since I am charged, can't they appoint me a lawyer/attorney for free?
Aside from that, I've read some stuff about "deferred prosecution", does that avoid having a criminal conviction/criminal record?