If you cannot afford an attorney, the judge may appoint an attorney from the Public Defender’s Office to represent you. If the judge does not offer to appoint a Public Defender, ask for one. Unless you hire an attorney, until the judge appoints a Public Defender you do not have an attorney. An attorney from the Public Defender’s Office will be in court during first appearances. However, it is likely you will not get a chance to speak to this attorney about your case during this court appearance. The attorney likely will not know anything about the case and will likely tell you to not say anything to anyone until the attorney who will actually represent you can talk to you. It’s also important to remember at First Appearance prosecutors are also present, and anything you say about your case can and will be used against you. (Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.111.)