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.