I was a passenger in a ride when 2 police units got behind us and pulled us over for reasons still unknown to me. The officer smelled weed and asked the driver to step out. Then another officer comes to my window talking with me then asks me to step out. At this time, i was asked if i had anything on me. I then told them i had a small amount of weed trust i handed over. The officer proceeded to do a half ass pat down. Another officer gives me a ticket for possession and asks me to drive my friends car home bc he was arrested for having half a Xanax on him.
Now I've gone to court thinking i could just pay a fine and be done with it. Before i could speak a public defender (who i did not know was even appointed to me) streaks up n says i plead not guilty. I couldn't say anything. Why can't i just pay a fine? Why all this court back n forth? What happens if i don't go to next court date? Will i be given a drug test? Why won't my pd return my calls?
A criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_defense_lawyer
If you're facing criminal charges (You were detained and imprisoned by the police), You have the right to remain silent. You should remember, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court. You have - just like anyone else - the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an criminal defense attorney, you may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.
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