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  1. #1
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    Default How Can I Get a Public Defender Without Going Infront of a Judge

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: WA

    i have a marijuana possession charge. i want to get rid of my lawyer asap. a deal was already made with the prosecutor that if i attend drug and alcohol school i will get my charges dismissed. i have have attended ADIS and completed it. is there ANY reason i should still bring my lawyer to the follow up court hearing? i just want a public defender but i don't have a court date to ask for one.

    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: In Wa. How Can I Get a Public Defender Without Going Infront of a Judge

    Public defenders are for people who cannot afford to retain private counsel. You clearly can afford private counsel, so would not be eligible for a PD.

    You can certainly dismiss your attorney and represent yourself at the hearing, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Default Re: In Wa. How Can I Get a Public Defender Without Going Infront of a Judge

    A public defender is for the indigent who can not afford a lawyer not for those who've decided they're just unwilling to pay for one.

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    Default Re: How Can I Get a Public Defender Without Going Infront of a Judge

    Quote Quoting nova7502
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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: WA
    is there ANY reason i should still bring my lawyer to the follow up court hearing?
    thanks in advance
    Maybe to insure that everything goes well for you? This may stay on your official record?

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