So I get a letter in the mail today stating that the State of NJ wants me to pay them $57 for a public defender. WTF...I never had a public defender, not recently or ever in Sussex county. So I call them up. They tell me it costs $50 just to fill the form out, well I never filled one out. I might have told the judge I was going to use one, but the next day they recieved a letter of represention by my lawyer. So I was a little confused, had the receptionist bring up the file because I wanted to know what the charges were so I'd have a little better understanding. It was for the unlawful weapons possesion/unregistered firearm charge. There is no way in hell a public defender would have gotten me out of that and I have reciepts and copies of the letters of represention from my lawyer. Thinking about it even more...I didn't even tell the judge I wanted a PD, my lawyer was with me the on the daY I was scheduled for "first appearance/plea statement" I accepted the plea bargain and didn't even have a trial or anything. I was sentenced to 1 year PTI, fines, liscense revokation, etc. WTF is wrong with this state...I'm not giving them $.01 towards this.