What is ERC?

ERC is Early Resolution Court. It is a special docket where defendants are offered a quick resolution of a case in the form of a plea agreement before the case is brought to preliminary hearing or the grand jury. If you are not entitled to an appointed attorney and your case is assigned to the ERC, you should retain an attorney to explain your options and any plea offers you receive in ERC.

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1. What is a public defender?
2. How do I get a public defender appointed to my case?
3. Can I speak with a public defender if I already have an attorney?
4. Can I drop by the public defender's office for legal advice if the court has not appointed an attorney for me?
5. Do clients have to pay for the services of the public defender?
6. How can I help my attorney?
7. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
8. What is ERC?
9. How do I get my case into ERC?
10. What is the difference between a public defender and a legal defender?
11. How does the county decide if I get a public defender, a legal defender or a private contract attorney?
12. Are lawyers in the public defender’s office sufficiently qualified to handle serious felony cases?