NOLLE PROS-COMP PTI If this is what my case says from 1991 case charges dropped file distroyed and I was arrested for petty theft in 2010, will it be considered second offence ? Should I get a public defender I was laid off.I am scared and do not know what I should do. If I could come up with some money how much would it cost ? Would I still have to go to court or would the attorney be able to appear for me. If I plead guilty what is the worse that can happen ? They have a good case and I have no defence, that I know of.